Crystal Cobb, DO
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Crystal is a native New Englander and is incredibly pleased to be returning to the region for her residency training! She grew up in the small town of Monmouth in central Maine and attended the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science. Crystal initially started her undergraduate studies in pre-law, however she found medicine to be a better fit for her as a field that involves the intersection of advocacy and policy on a fundamentally humanistic level. After undergrad she worked for four years in healthcare before attending Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine outside of Raleigh, NC.
During her interview at Baystate, Crystal felt like she clicked with the residents and faculty. She was drawn by the enthusiastic friendly energy of everyone she met and the supportive training environment. These are just some of the multiple reasons she's excited to spend the next four years training in med-peds at Baystate.
In her free time Crystal enjoys traveling, reading, jogging (slowly!) and spending time with her family and friends. One of her life goals is to travel to all seven continents. She’s made it to four so far!
Anisha Contractor, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
I was born in India and raised in southern New Hampshire. I completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees at Johns Hopkins University in Neuroscience, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology respectively. I took a brief detour to pursue interests in public health and writing, working for a science-based consumer advocacy non-profit in New York City. Soon there after, I started medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Choosing both Med-Peds and Baystate were choices born out of equal parts research and intuition. I had the pleasure of rotating through both pediatric and medical wards at Baystate during my fourth year of medical school (and experienced a glimpse of Mason Square Clinic). Working alongside Med-Peds residents, I observed a combination of sharp clinical acumen and integrity in delivering patient care.
I look forward to embracing my own growing pains and developing my full potential as young physician because of the supportive academic culture at Baystate. I’m excited to call Western Massachusetts home for the next four years and to foster interests in running, yoga, hiking, and amateur cooking.
Anthony Esposito, DO
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hey, I’m Anthony. I grew up in a small town on the south shore of Long Island. I went to college at Stony Brook University where I received my BS in biology and shortly after, I attended medical school at NYIT college of osteopathic medicine.
Growing up on Long Island, I was fortunate enough to enjoy the beach during the summer months, but during the winter months, I grew up skiing and snowboarding in Vermont. Although i have too many interests and hobbies to list, some of them include biking, hiking, boating, snowmobiling, basketball, football, dogs, other wildlife (but mostly dogs), and reading.
On my interview day at Baystate, I immediately felt at home. From the moment I walked in, I knew I found the right fit for me. I knew baystate would be at the top of my list of programs before my interview, but after experiencing it firsthand, all of my expectations were not only met, but were exceeded. I can’t wait to see what the next four years has in store for me and I am so excited to start this year!
Nicholas Karr, MD
Florida State University College of Medicine
Nick Karr has finally achieved one of his goals of moving out of Florida after living there all his life. Growing up in a beach town, he longed for snow, cold weather and mountainous terrain. His interest in helping others led him first to receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in psychology. He then worked for several years at two inpatient psychiatric hospitals. He gained insights into one of the most disadvantaged populations, those with mental illness. After some personal growth and a little confidence, he attended his alma mater, Florida State University, for medical school.
Nick is ecstatic to be joining the family at Baystate and will hopefully also be one of the countries “happiest residents.” He is most looking forward to practicing what he has learned in medical school, helping the underserved, and continuing to focus on learning.
In the little free time he has after spending time with his wife, daughter, and two dogs, he enjoys board games, hiking, picking things up and putting them down, and lying about how much he enjoys running.
Lucinda Li, DO
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus
Hello! My name is Lucinda Li. I was born in Manhattan and grew up in Virginia Beach (Hey Virginia Lovers!). As a child, I was a tomboy where I preferred to play outside in nature or gardening with my mom. As a result, I had gained a love for home-grown vegetables! I obtained my degree in Biology from Old Dominion University and gained clinical experiences as an Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Department Technician.
At a young age, I always have a passion for underserved medical care. I was attracted to Baystate Medical Center-UMMS for its mission to both urban and rural community health. With the Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center, I can focus on my passion and continuously improve myself for primary care. More importantly, I was impressed by the “family” atmosphere at Baystate! During my interview, I could envision my future at this program and being happy within its supportive environment.
On my free time, I am a big foodie. Depending on my craving of the week, I love to dine out with my friends. I’m eager to try all the wonderful cuisines within the area. And let’s be honest, it’s way more fun trying new restaurants with the people you love! After spending most of my life in Virginia, I am ready to move away and explore the Northeast. I am thrilled to live in New England and starting my residency at Baystate Medical Center! Looking forward to all these wonderful changes in my life!
Kathryn O'Brien, DO
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus
Hi! I’m Katie O'Brien. I grew up in the amazing Philadelphia suburb of West Chester, Pennsylvania. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Temple University in Philadelphia, and played club soccer (my favorite hobby!) all through college. Afterwards I moved to Virginia to complete my medical degree at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg.
It quickly became obvious while I was in medical school that Medicine/Pediatrics is the best specialty out there! I wanted a program with a strong Med/Peds presence, and Baystate truly exceeded my expectations. Not only does Baystate have a strong presence within the hospital, but are recognized for their strong national presence as well. Additionally, the residents and faculty I met during my interview were amazing. They were so down to earth, friendly, supportive, and most importantly, all seemed truly happy to be here!
In my free time I still enjoy playing and watching soccer, going on hikes and adventures, cooking meals with my husband, watching the occasional Netflix movie and cheering for my Philadelphia sports teams. I can’t wait to get started here at Baystate and see what adventures are in store for the next four years!
Thomas Presti, MD
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Hi, I’m Tom. I grew up in Madison, CT where I spent my summers with my family on the beach (although most of the time I was on the water sailing). I always thought I would grow up to be an astronaut, but I’ve realized that being a Med-Peds doctor is close enough.
I did my undergraduate at UConn Storrs where I majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I competed in college on the sailing team. You may know that there are more cows than water in Storrs, so we often had to travel to other towns for practice. After college I took a year off to do biochemistry research and then attended UConn School of Medicine.
During the summer between first and second year of med school, I completed a cross country bike trip from Seattle back to Connecticut with four of my classmates. My interests include all things Star Wars, reading nonfiction books, cooking, sailing, biking, and hanging out with friends, family, and fiancée (she’ll be completing a Pediatric Dentistry Residency in Hartford, CT).
I read online that the residents at Baystate are some of the happiest in the nation! During my interview, I found that the residents displayed some of the most important values that I was looking for in my colleagues. There were welcoming and supportive of one another. Additionally, the program director Sharon expressed that this residency could be tailored to different academic interests. Most of all, I really felt at home and I’m excited to be a Baystate Med-Peds resident.
Julieta Rodriguez, MD
Albany Medical College
Hey! I’m Julieta Rodriguez but I go by Juli which is pronounced like Hulu but with an “i” at the end. I was born and raised in sunny San Diego. I attended the University of California Irvine for my B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Anthropology. After that I headed back home to SD for my MPH in Epidemiology from San Diego State University and did research with the University of California San Diego in tuberculosis, hepatitis C, HIV, drug users, and sex workers. During this time I worked at an Institutional Review Board and maintained my own clients doing research in a multitude of fields. Upon completion of my MPH I did a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Buffalo where I learned what snow actually was prior to enrolling at Albany Medical College.
During my interview trail I met a lot of different people but in all honesty the group of residents that stood out to me in the most positive light were the ones at Baystate. They tell you to choose the residency program that makes you feel at home and when interviewing at Baystate I not only felt comfortable with the residents but also with the other interviewees. I think the fact that the residents were not only able to make me feel comfortable with them but they evoked such a chill atmosphere that everybody got along made me realize that Baystate would be able to offer me the best environment to excel in during one of the hardest parts of our careers.
Aside from the medical world I love soccer whether it is playing indoor, playing outdoor, or watching a game (especially Mexico). I do enjoy watching other sports like hockey (go Kings!) and baseball (Blue Jays and Padres). I also love to cook, try new restaurants, travel, garden, and enjoy fishing…basically if it gets me outside and there will be food I’m down.
Gregory Campbell, MD
University College Cork, Ireland
Hi, I’m Gregory Campbell, and I am very excited to be moving back to Massachusetts. I grew up in Newton, then went to McGill University in Montreal for undergraduate degrees in physics and in music performance. I followed that with graduate degrees in music in Boston and then Toronto, after which I joined the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (just outside Toronto) as assistant principal viola. I played in the KWS for five years, while also teaching violin and viola at the Toronto Suzuki Studio, and performing in several groups in Toronto's thriving contemporary music scene.
I turned to medicine after meeting with an acquaintance who had worked for Doctors Without Borders. I was inspired to push myself further, to be able to help people more tangibly and directly. I had the opportunity to go abroad to study medicine at University College Cork, in Ireland, so moved with my amazing wife and our oldest (and at the time, only) son. We moved to Ireland as a family of three, and are moving back to the US as a family of five, after having two more little boys. Our house is always busy!
I really enjoyed working with kids and their families as a music teacher, so Med-Peds seemed like a good fit (also, I’m still not quite sure what I want to do when I ‘grow up’!). After getting in touch with Dr. Sharon Wretzel, I realized that the Med-Peds program at Baystate was welcoming, friendly, and supportive. On the interview trail, I found that the culture of the program was the most important thing to me, and Baystate stood out for its collegiality, respect, and support.
Faith Andrea Ikalina, MD
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Hi! I’m Faith! I was born in NYC but mostly grew up in a small in Northern New Jersey. I went to Seton Hall University where I majored in Biology (surprise!) and double minored in Vocal Music Performance and Asian Studies. I then took a year off to be an EM scribe and go on mission trips before I literally moved down the street from my college to Rutgers NJ Medical School in Newark.
So Baystate is my first venture living outside my home state, and it was more than the proximity of Herrell’s ice cream that enticed me to come here, all though it may have been a factor (try it and see what I mean)! Not only did Baystate check off all the objective boxes of what I wanted in a program, it also met all the subjective bits I was hoping to find – or as I explained it to my parents: a strong program with quirky people. I found all that and more since coming to Baystate and I couldn’t imagine a more welcoming and support bunch of people to spend the exciting years of residency with.
In my free and not-so-free time I love to sing and ballroom dance. I also like playing the piano, yoga, martial arts, learning new languages, and adding new k-pop songs to my music library.
Laura Kvenvold, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine
Hello, I’m Laura. I grew up in the beautiful rural community of Harvard, Massachusetts. I attended Tufts University, where I majored in biology and continued to develop a passion for health and disease through my research on silk-based nanoparticles and part-time work as a pharmacy technician.
Following graduation, I spent two years doing research at Boston Children’s Hospital in a lab studying rare genetic disorders that affect skeletal development. I developed a deep respect for basic science research and mouse colony management, but decided I needed to work with fewer four-legged patients.
I entered Tufts University School of Medicine with excitement at the opportunity to be working directly with people again. I volunteered at the student-run free clinic, Sharewood. By the end of first year, I decided it was finally time to travel outside the US. I dove straight in and spent two months in Vellore, India at the Christian Medical College as a medical observer. This was an eye-opening experience and sparked my interest in global health.
During my clinical years, I was fortunate to spend a good deal of time at Baystate Medical Center, where I fell in love with the culture of education and collegiality. I am delighted to be returning to Baystate for med-peds! I look forward to working with the friendly and compassionate physicians, nurses, and staff I found here during medical school.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, baking, doting on my cat, reading great books, having purposeful political conversations, sewing counted cross-stitch, and getting outdoors.
Maxwell Norris, MD
State University of New York, Upstate Medical University
My name is Max and I am ecstatic to be joining the Med-Peds family at Baystate. Originally, I am from the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York where I learned how to water ski, alpine ski, and sail all in the same place! I did my undergraduate studies at New York University where I earned a degree in international relations focusing on the structure of the European Union and the politics of immigration. It was through my desire to understand the root cause of an effect and my passion to do something truly global, that I began pursuing a career in medicine.
After graduating from NYU, I join a public health research team at the University of Colorado that focused on studying the immunologic causes of pre-term birth. In Colorado, my time shadowing physicians and applying research concepts cemented my passion for medicine. I attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, not far from where I grew up. During medical school I became deeply involved in LGBT advocacy by volunteering at the local youth center and leading the student run LGBT organization. My yearning for advocacy, desire to broaden my knowledge and work with people of all ages, and my quirky personality lead me to choosing Med-Peds!
Baystate was one of the programs that surprised me the most on the interview trail. I could definitely see myself learning, working and having fun alongside the great group of residents and faculty at Baystate. After the interview trail was over, I kept ruminating on my interview at Baystate and the invaluable advice that Dr. Borden gave the applicants during the interview. I could not get over how much I felt like I fit in and there is so much Med-Peds here!
Outside of medicine, I spend most of my time with my partner, Dan, sailing (even in the Connecticut River!), enjoying live music, socializing with friends and family, playing strategy board games, discussing domestic and international issues, and trying to find the next new trendy TV series.
Alexander Roseman, MD
University of Minnesota Medical School
Alex is originally from Swampscott, Massachusetts. He majored in neuroscience and minored in chemistry at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. After undergrad, he worked in the laboratory of Joseph T. Coyle MD at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts studying transgenic mouse models of schizophrenia. He additionally worked at the Harvard Brain Bank dissecting human brains.
He then worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Minneapolis, Minnesota working at a combined social services/ community health center to create and run their volunteer program and create a curriculum for a general wellness group. After AmeriCorps, he worked on the 2012 Barack Obama Presidential Campaign as a Fall Organizing Fellow and completed a Certificate in Public Health Core Concepts from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. At the University of Minnesota Medical School, he founded the UMN Hotspotters, an interdisciplinary group dedicated to improving the care of patients with high utilization through research and advocacy. His research interests include health care utilization and clinical informatics. In his spare time, he plays jazz guitar and enjoys cooking.
While interviewing for residency and asking around, Baystate was the only program where people were consistently thrilled with their education and experience. Additionally, it is a program where “med-peds is a thing”. The environment is non-competitive but still conducive to learning and scholarship. I felt at home and comfortable with the residents and faculty during my interview and during residency. In terms of the area, the Pioneer Valley is beautiful and offers many opportunities for hiking, going to breweries and seeing live music.
Theresa Sepulveda, MD
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Hi! I grew up in Raymond, Maine in the Lakes Region and started a music performance major on harp before switching to linguistics and premed at Swarthmore. After college I went to Houston to work in foster care, and was also a substitute high school teacher in the sciences. I went to medical school at the University of Rochester where I learned about medpeds and transitional medicine from the amazing residents and faculty there.
I knew I wanted a similar program with a strong medpeds culture and community, which is why I came to Baystate. Mason Square Clinic especially impressed me with their PCMH and commitment to such a diverse patient panel.
My interests in medicine include global health, infectious disease, and community medicine. In my spare time, I am looking forward to exploring Western Mass hikes and biking trails, as well as the wonderful restaurants in Northampton.
Adrienne Tran, MD
Keck School of Medicine, USC
Hi, I’m Adrienne! I was born and raised in San Diego and went to college at MIT. I enjoyed the snow for a few years and thought I was done with cold weather when I moved back to Los Angeles for medical school, but I couldn’t stay away from winter and the wonderful people at Baystate! I enjoy baking, cooking, hiking, and being outdoors, and I’m excited to try all the fun things in the area!
Along the interview trail, the strong med-peds presence and terrific residents and faculty at Baystate particularly stood out to me. They were one of the most down-to-earth, friendly, well-balanced, and supportive groups that I saw. Now I’m so glad to be a part of the family!
Ritika Walia, MD
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Hello, my name is Ritika Walia and I am thrilled to be joining the Baystate Med Peds family. Here's a little bit about me:
I grew up in Westborough, Massachusetts, which is beautiful small town about 45 minutes west of Boston, famous for its car dealerships and its rotary (just kidding) and for being the birthplace of Eli Whitney. I was actually born in Calcutta, India, and lived there for the first nine years of my life; (ask me about my undying love for the sport of cricket). I completed my undergraduate studies in biology and neuroscience at Brandeis University, just outside of Boston, before moving to Rochester, NY for medical school. It was at the University of Rochester that I was inspired to emulate the compassion, intelligence, humility, and drive for learning that I encountered in the Med Peds residents that I worked with.
For residency, I was looking for a well reputed program with a sizable Med Peds presence but at the same time a supportive environment in which to learn. Additionally, I was hoping to move closer to home. Baystate seemed to me the ideal choice, and my month long rotation at Mason Square only reinforced this. My professional interests include hospitalist medicine, clinical/translational research, medical writing, and medical student education.
Outside of work, I love to read - mostly classic novels but of late I have also been enjoying memoirs. I also like trying new recipes, most of which are provided by my mom on the phone. I am equally charmed by bustling cityscapes as I am by natural landscapes; while I am here I hope to explore the serene beauty of the Pioneer Valley and travel to some nearby cities. Finally, I look forward to spending some quality time with my family and friends.
Raymond Geherty MD
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Hello, I'm Ray. Before coming to Massachusetts I had lived in New Jersey my whole life. The prettier, greener, garden-statey New Jersey; not the industrial, basically-just-a-highway New Jersey. I went to college at Rutgers, studied math, and planned on becoming a mathematician. Somewhere along the way I took the MCAT and ended up applying to medical school. After graduating I took a year off to work and earn some money, which I promptly spent on a trip around Europe the month before starting med school at Rutgers NJMS.
I did not decide on med-peds until relatively late in 3rd year when I, unexpectedly, really enjoyed my pediatrics rotation. Similarly, I interviewed at Baystate relatively late in the season and did not expect to like what I saw as much as I did. Funny and friendly residents, a strong med-peds presence, and some great podcast recommendations from Sam Borden were enough to put Baystate near the top of my list but what really clinched me was the learner-manager-teacher model.
Outside of medicine my interests include homebrewing, cooking, coffee, board games, bicycling, and traveling. In addition, I spend a ridiculous amount of time watching TV and listening to podcasts.
Kevin Hachey MD
Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Kevin studied microbiology at the University of Florida before moving up north to study medicine and public health at The Ohio State University. He is passionate about global health, and has been fortunate to travel to Latin America and Africa on multiple occasions. His research interests include polio eradication and the social determinants of health.
Kevin is thrilled to join one of the oldest and most established Med-Peds programs in the country. After residency, he hopes to have a career in global health. When not working, he enjoys traveling to new places, trying new restaurants, and spending time with his wife.
Carla Jacobs DO
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hi! I'm Carla. I grew up in small, rural town in northwestern Connecticut. I attended college at Colby in Waterville, Maine, where I majored in Psychology and Human Development. Before medical school, I took a few years off to teach pre-school in Hartford, CT, complete my post-baccalaureate coursework and serve as an AmeriCorps-HealthCorps member at Community Health Center, Inc. in New Britain, CT.
I enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible. I love to hike, cycle and explore the mountain trails and winding roads of the New England. My fiancé (soon to be husband!!) and I are currently learning how to fly-fish, although my "fly-tying" skills are very limited! I also enjoy movies at home, Italian food (especially penne alia vodka) and watching my favorite TV show, Modern Family.
I chose Baystate for the strong reputation of its Med-Peds program and because I Immediately felt right at home during my visit. I also loved the supportive atmosphere and the emphasis on work-life balance. The ice cream trip after the dinner really sealed the deal for me. I am so excited to spend the next four years at Baystate!
Christopher Lumpkin MD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Chris completed his undergraduate studies at Amherst College. He has a great interest in teaching and education. Most of his family are lawyers, but he decided to stray. During his freshman year of medical school, Chris was accepted into the Health Law Pathway, an inter-disciplinary curriculum in health law and public policy. Clinical venues for this have included immigration and asylum clinics, child abuse assessment, mental health and veteran's health law clinics. He also participated in a medical mission to Nicaragua. His hobbies are exercise and fitness (soccer, volleyball and weight lifting), playing the guitar, drawing and painting.
Carly Martiniano DO
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hi! I’m Carly, a proud New Yorker that spent her childhood growing up in a variety of states including, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas (twice), Virginia, and four different areas of New York. As a child and teenager constantly being exposed to new people and different climates, I found my interests in life continued to grow, and refused to enter the world of ‘boredom’. You could find me spending hours swimming, running up and down the lacrosse field, skiing, playing my guitar and singing, knitting and crocheting, baking cookies, or onstage singing, acting and dancing in concerts, recitals, musicals, and plays.
It was during my undergraduate time at SUNY Geneseo, as a Biology major and Musical Theatre minor, where I found my ultimate passion for medicine while volunteering at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester. I went on to receive my medical training from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, and continued to keep busy as a Silver-level participant in the TOUCH Program for community volunteering, as Class Secretary, and as one of the founders of NYIT-COM’s acapella group, The Note-O-Chords.
During my fourth year of medical school, when I discovered the world of med-peds, my indecisiveness and eagerness to learn, made sense. I was fortunate to have landed a 4th year med-peds rotation at Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center, when I immediately found myself feeling at home with Dr. Borden, the med-peds faculty, and the inspiring, energetic, and genuinely happy residents. I knew Baystate was a perfect fit for me to comfortably learn, grow, and pursue my array of interests in palliative care, critical care, and primary care medicine.
Kathleen Mealey MD
Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University of Chicago
Kahki completed her undergraduate studies at Notre Dame. She received her M.P.H. from Boston University School of Public Health. During medical school Kahki participated in medical missions to El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.
She is the founder of Shoes for El Salvador where she raised money that provided Salvadoran children with new shoes so they could attend school. Her hobbies include all forms of fitness, and hot yoga. She loves to read and bake "extra" chip cookies. She loves all things Notre Dame.
Cecily Wiswall MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine
I'm Cecily, and I'm very excited to be starting my residency at Baystate and joining the happiest residents in the country! A little about me: I grew up around Cleveland, Ohio. I then made my way to Iowa for college, where I played varsity tennis at Drake University and got a degree in journalism. After that, I spent 10 years as a college tennis coach. Two of these years were at the University of Missouri, where I also got a master's degree in Literature, and eight were at Brown University.
While living in Rhode Island, I volunteered in shelters, needle exchanges, and free clinics that transformed my career trajectory away from athletics to medicine, particularly for the urban underserved. Medical school brought me to Wayne State in Detroit, where I built on these initial experiences and spent my extracurricular time working with our Street Medicine group, doing HIV testing and counseling at the county jail, and countless other service learning opportunities that imbued me with the biggest heart for the city. Plans for my career include transitional care for children experiencing housing instability, incarceration care (and prevention!) for youth and adults, and addiction medicine, just to name a few.
Mason Square Clinic was my favorite of the interview trail, and I'm looking forward to becoming the best physician I can in such a well-respected program. In my free time I love: board games, riding bikes, engaging and respectful political discussions, campfires, arts and crafts, good music, telling jokes, and exploring the great outdoors!
Jessica Yuen MD
John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Aloha! Jessica was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, where she attended the University of Hawaii for undergraduate studies and medical school. After working with physicians on Kauai and Big Island, she became inspired to pursue primary care and also developed a passion for medical education.
She wanted to come to Baystate after doing a 4th year med-peds rotation at Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center, where she met such friendly people and found the learning environment challenging, but extremely supportive. After residency, she plans to return home to care for the people of Hawaii. For fun she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing tennis, hiking, reading mystery novels, and doing DIY crafts. And no, she does not know how to surf.
Jamie Bowen, MD
University of Utah School of Medicine
Hi! I’m Jamie Bowen, and I am from a small town near the Uinta Mountains called Roosevelt, Utah. I grew up hunting, fishing, and having all kinds of pets including a llama named Fudge and a rescued fawn named Spotty Pippen. I moved to the Midwest for college where I attended Creighton University for biology. After college I went back to Utah where I fought wildfires for a year before starting medical school at the University of Utah.
I have always loved medicine, and although I checked out other health careers, it was always my dream to be a physician. I love getting to know patients and their families. When I interviewed at Baystate, everyone was very friendly and fun. I knew I could see myself having a great time here, and I really felt like everyone liked and looked out for each other.
In the future I hope to travel to many different countries, perfect my Spanish, and beat my fellow residents in a pogo stick challenge.
Benison Lau, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Greetings, I’m Ben. I am originally from Hong Kong, but grew up in San Francisco. I travelled across the beautiful bay bridge to study molecular toxicology at UC: Berkeley (GO BEARS!). I really liked CSI at that time. Afterwards I decided it was time to see more of the country, I packed my things and took a red-eye to University of Virginia. There I worked as a researcher in neuroscience for a year before heading to the heartland to attend medical school at University of Illinois at Peoria.
I was drawn to Baystate not by my desire to see all the regions of the US but due to the strong program and wonderful individuals that make up the program. It was clear to me that there was a strong med-peds presence, and a great balance between medicine and pediatrics. More importantly the residents were all very happy, and very close knit. These were all elements that I wanted in the community I would be a part of for the next four years.
In my free time, I enjoy playing sports poorly, watching sports, cooking, and hiking. I have a huge sweet tooth and love deserts; one of my goals is to try all the best ice creams places in the US.
Deirdre Lewis, MD
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Hello! My name is Deirdre Lewis. I grew up in Redding, Connecticut, a tiny little town that has no particular claim to fame other than Mark Twain moved there at the end of his life, gave us a public library, then died. Growing up I used to proudly declare “I want to know everything”, and I think that curiosity directly lead me to medicine and then to Med/Peds.
When it came time to fly the nest, I flew (well, drove really) to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. While there I studied my two favorite subjects, Chemistry and Classical History, which really have very little to do with one another but on the plus side now I am unstoppable at trivia. After college I returned to Connecticut to attend the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
I am a huge bookworm and television buff, so in my spare time you can usually find me devouring books or binge watching Netflix. If you need an in-depth analysis of how the Game of Thrones books are different than the show, I’m all over that.
I was excited to interview at Baystate because I had heard of its strong Med/Peds program but it was the visit itself that sealed the deal. I immediately felt at home among the friendly and supportive faculty and residents. I look forward to the next four years and the challenges they will bring, and I am so happy to be joining the Baystate crew.
Celia Martinez, DO
University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
I’m Celia Martinez a born and raised Texan. Growing up in south Texas is different from the other sections, I could literally walk from my front door to Mexico in under ten minutes and it only cost a quarter to cross the bridge. Being so close to the border helped me stay in contact with my family in Texas and Mexico however I eventually ventured into north Texas for medical school. I am a proud alumnus of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
TCOM was great in many ways starting with the rural track. I’m a small town girl and with the intention of returning, learning the obstacles and participating in clinical rotations in small towns was invaluable. Even with the extra load of the rural track, medical school did allow time to make lifelong friends and discover new hobbies. On my free time I enjoy cooking, hiking, yoga, sketching and trying new outdoor activities.
Anticipating change in location and people, I interviewed aware of the support and comradery needed to be successful in residency. When I interviewed at Baystate I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt, that’s when I knew I had found my new home.
Jason Phillippi, MD
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Hi, my name is Jason Phillippi. I’m a Tarheel born and bred, a native of Chapel Hill and proud alum of UNC School of Medicine. I split my undergrad years between UNC and Appalachian State (famous for the 2007 Michigan football upset). After getting my degree in Biochemistry from UNC in 2009, I split my time training as a paramedic and doing bench research in Immunology. My research job briefly took me out to the University of Arizona in Tucson where I worked for a year before beginning medical school at UNC. This will be the first time I’ve lived in New England.
Baystate stood out to me for the people I met and the culture of the institution. The residents got along great, the faculty was available and welcoming, and by all accounts a remarkably friendly culture pervaded the institution.
In my free time I rock climb, play board games, and watch basketball. I also enjoy regular hiking, my fiancée and my little terrier. Lately I’ve also been teaching myself to program (primary Python) primarily for the sake of learning something new.
Joshua Price, MD
University of Vermont College of Medicine
My name is Joshua Price and I’m a native Vermonter. I grew up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom where I learned to love the outdoors and lending a hand on the “Price family funny farm” raising sheep and pigs and chickens. After high school I moved just west of Chicago to attend Wheaton College where I was a chemistry major and a little bit of a sports nut. I returned home to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont for medical school and decided I really wanted to stay in New England.
I love medicine largely for the relationships it creates and I knew almost immediately that Baystate was the place for me. The community and comradery was obvious but beyond that I knew it would provide me with the strong academics I was looking for. Maybe one of the most overlooked parts of exploring different residency programs was the outpatient clinics but I was blown away by what I found at the Mason Square Clinic. There was no doubt the residents enjoyed life to the fullest and left fully prepared for whatever life threw at them next.
Outside of work I love anything and everything outside. My ideal afternoon would be mountain biking up a mountain followed by kayaking or a hike. Living 30 minutes from the Canadian border provided plenty of months with sub-freezing temperatures that allows for skiing, snowshoeing or ice skating. I have always been a sports fan and enjoyed a successful decade for my New England based teams with high hopes for continued greatness.
Jonathan Sawicki, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine
My name is Jonathan Sawicki. After growing up in a small, rural town in the great state of Connecticut, I attended Boston University, and majored majoring in Biomedical Engineering. After spending four years in Boston, I realized the city has many great things to offer, not least of which was 6 (sometimes 7) months of Red Sox baseball! With this in mind, I continued my education at Tufts University School of Medicine. It was while at Tufts that I was first introduced to Baystate Medical Center and the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency.
After spending quality third and fourth year rotation time at Baystate, I realized it was the place for me. The residents are both incredibly bright and down to earth, the medical center and clinic staff are friendly, helpful and approachable, and the faculty are invested in teaching learners of all levels, and always looking for ways to improve the education they provide. I decided during interview season that Baystate would be the best place to provide me with exceptional clinical training, as well as prepare me for a career in medical education.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy many outdoor activities, and am a self-proclaimed sports enthusiast. Whether it is playing pick-up basketball, soccer or softball, watching a Red Sox game or immersing myself in the madness of the NCAA basketball tournament, I am usually involved in some type of sporting event. In moving to the valley, I also look forward to spending some free time camping, hiking and fishing in the great outdoors.
Angela Slick, MD
University of Utah School of Medicine
My name is Angie Slick and I grew up in the mountain town of Park City Utah. Being born and raised so close to 3 World Class ski resorts infused me with a natural love of mountain sports. I started skiing, hiking and camping from the time I could walk and continue to be passionate about adventures in the wilderness, including my favorite outdoor activity of rock climbing! Aside from being an outdoor enthusiast I enjoy date nights with my husband, cooking and gardening (despite the fact that I have no green thumb).
I started my undergraduate degree in Flagstaff, Arizona with the goal of becoming an astronomer. Quickly I discovered that the universe is a beautiful place but that my heart was in connecting with other people and helping them in their time of need. I went into medical school with no clear understanding of what med-peds was. Before long, I discovered this specialty was a way for me to take care of patients with a wide variety of diseases and I knew it was for me. Med-peds allow me to use both the compassion and light-heartedness of pediatrics while experiencing the complexity of taking care of adults.
I’m excited to move to New England and start at Baystate Medical Center! Having never lived outside of the west, I knew it was time for something new in my life. I was impressed by the innovative education that Baystate offers and feel it will be the perfect environment for me to learn in. Baystate clearly appreciates the benefit in maintaining a proper work-life balance, as evidenced by the obvious resident satisfaction. I’m ready to practice medicine while trying out some east coast skiing as I move on to my next greatest adventure; moving to Massachusetts and starting internship.