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Obstetrics Gynecology Residents

Ob Gyn Residents and Faculty

A Message From Our Residents

Instead of the typical message from the chiefs, all of our residents joined together to compose this message to you, our future colleagues!

"Thank you for your interest in our awesome program! We are so happy with our decision to train at Baystate Medical Center."

"From intern year to chief year, we have always been respected as integral members of the healthcare team."

"This program does a phenomenal job of easing you into the stress and workload of residency while still providing a lot of exposure and experience, a balance many programs struggle to achieve. We have excellent clinical and research opportunities that have sharpened our experiences.  And, we appreciate the healthy supply of truly dedicated teachers within our program."

"Our fellow residents  have proven time and time again to be an amazing source of support, friendship, and fun. Activities we've maintained in our lives outside the hospital are: running, biking, skiing, eating at the multiple farm-to-table restaurants, and Crossfit."

"We hope to see you during interview season, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!"

Day in the Life

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

Incoming Residents

Rebecca Barbaresso, DO

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Tara Formisano, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Madison McGahan, DO

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Brittany Novak, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Lauren Smith, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Stephanie Smith, DO

Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine

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BakerElizabeth Elizabeth Baker, MD

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

I am looking forward to living in the Northeast for the first time after growing up in the Midwest and spending an extended period of time in the Southeast. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and then worked a number of years before deciding to apply to medical school. I attended medical school at the University of South Carolina where I realized in my third year that Obstetrics and Gynecology was truly a field that had everything: surgery, clinic, procedures, and longitudinal patient care.

After rotating at Baystate as an away during my fourth year of medical school, I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. I am excited about working with the residents and faculty that were so warm and welcoming. The number and variety of specialists in all areas of women’s health will ensure that I am well trained before entering the field to practice.

I moved to East Longmeadow this summer with my spouse and two kids. We are excited to explore local restaurants, go walking, find some live music, and go to the BigE.

CorlinTiffanyTiffany Corlin, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Hi there! Thanks for your interest in Baystate! I'd love to tell you about myself and why I chose Baystate for my OB/Gyn training. I am originally from Southern California and I studied mathematics and psychobiology in college before moving to Boston for graduate school. I did a few years of biochemistry research before medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. While in medical school, I became more and more passionate about advocating for, and working to deliver, comprehensive women's healthcare, so OB/Gyn became a clear career path for me. Also during this time, I fell in love with New England! I've managed to make the most of the winters by learning to ski this last year and making sure I have four wheel drive to do the minimum amount of shoveling possible. I truly appreciate when it does warm up by doing lots of cycling, camping, and reading by the water.

While in medical school, I did several rotations at Baystate and loved it. The large hospital covering a culturally and socioeconomically diverse area of New England offered an amazing experience as a student. With strong family planning, lots of midwifery, a large group of generalists on faculty, many medical students, and early surgical experience, Baystate had everything I was looking for in a program. I feel at home in an institution with academic rigor that matches their emphasis on community and physician well-being. I quickly connected to this program while on my rotations and felt that I fit right in to the positive, fun, and fast-paced learning environment with ease. It's clear everyone actually enjoys not only working with each other, but spending time together. I can't wait to spend the next four years at Baystate!

Don't hesitate to reach out to any of us with any questions about the program or living and working in Massachusetts.

HagmanAleciaAlecia Hagman, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello and congratulations for your interest in Ob/Gyn at Baystate! I am excited to share with you my background and why I chose Baystate to pursue my interest in Ob/Gyn.

I love New England, and am originally from the seacoast area of New Hampshire. I earned my undergrad at Tufts University, where I also commissioned into the United States Air Force through R.O.T.C. I was very happy to move to Maine for medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, where I discovered my interest in Womens' Health and Ob/Gyn. After residency, I am excited to serve in the USAF as an Ob/Gyn!

I had the good fortune during my 4th year of medical school to participate in a Gynecologic Oncology rotation at Baystate, during which I really enjoyed the academic rigor and learned a ton! I loved meeting and working with the residents and faculty, and was so impressed with their kindness, knowledge, and skill. I really appreciate that Baystate offers the full spectrum of womens' health, including family planning, and provides training in all subspecialties in-house.

In my free time, I love all things outdoor and I am thrilled to be able to continue these interests in the beauty of Western Mass.

I feel very fortunate to join the Baystate Ob/Gyn family, and I am thrilled to answer any questions you may have about living and working here at BMC. I wish you the best of luck on your academic journey!

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Shiva Niakan, DO

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

I’ve moved a lot in my life, however I call California home and now I live in New England for the first time with my significant other. I studied Biology at CSU Stanislaus in California, with a minor in Spanish. I also did a summer study abroad in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain which was the highlight of my college years. I moved to southern California for medical school and attended Western University of Health Sciences. There I discovered my passion for lifestyle medicine, yoga and cooking. I am a certified yoga instructor, and an avid foodie. I also enjoy traveling with my family, and exploring different cultures. I’m a non-native Spanish speaker and enjoy conversing with Spanish speaking patients.

I chose Baystate for my training for many reasons. What stood out to me the most on my interview day were my interactions with the residents. They were very supportive of each other, and I could see myself working with them, and spending time with them outside of work. I’m also passionate about women’s health and advocacy, and our program has a strong family planning department, with big community outreach, which really ties with my goals as a provider. I’m really happy to have found a program that shares as my values as a physician, and a person.

Kelsey Schmidt, MD

SchmidtKelseyCentral Michigan University College of Medicine

Hello! Thank you for your interest in Baystate! I am a transplant from the state of Michigan where I was raised and completed my education. I began at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) for undergrad and received my degree in Evolutionary Anthropology with a minor in Gender and Health studies. I completed medical school at Central Michigan University College of Medicine in mid-Michigan.

During my fourth year of medical school I did a rotation in family planning here at Baystate and loved it. The diversity of the patient population, ability to work with midwives, dedication to family planning, and the supportive faculty and residents made Baystate seem like an ideal location to complete my residency. The idea of moving to a new state and engaging in a new community was intimidating and exciting, but every resident and attending I encountered was encouraging and welcoming. It was apparent from early on that Baystate seemed like a family, and that was exactly what I was looking for as I embarked on this next stage in my career.

In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping and traveling, and am continuously looking for new places to adventure. I also enjoy cooking and exploring new flavors, so I’m always searching for new restaurants or recipes to try!

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out!

ThindRavneetRavneet Thind, DO

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, California

Hello! My name is Ravneet and I’m from sunny California! I was born and raised in a small farming town in Central California. I studied biology at Fresno State University and went to medical school in Northern California (Touro University). I’ve never lived outside of California so I’m excited to see what the east coast has to offer!

In my free time, I love exploring and being outdoors. I enjoy hiking, running, indoor soccer, meeting new people and FOOD. One of my goals during the next four years is to learn how to ski and snowboard!

Like a lot of us, one of the main reasons I chose to come to Baystate was because of the people. Everyone is so welcoming and SUPER nice. Other aspects that drew me to Baystate was the family planning curriculum, in-house subspecialties, diverse population, and the collaboration with the midwives. I’m so thrilled to join the Baystate family and can’t wait to start here as an OBGYN resident!

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Dr. Nandi Chihombori-Quao

Nandi Chihombori-Quao, MD

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

Hi everyone! Welcome to Baystate and thank you for considering our Ob/Gyn residency program!

I am originally from Tennessee and am so glad to be doing my residency here at Baystate. I grew up in a small town just outside of Nashville and I received my undergraduate degree at Yale University where I majored in Political Science. After college, I worked in politics for several years before attending medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. My husband was raised in Maine but attended college at UMass Amherst so we are very excited to be back in the area. When we aren't at school or work, we love to spend time going for hikes, camping and exploring the many restaurants and breweries in the area with our ten month old daughter Amaiya and our fur baby Maggie.

I chose Baystate because I wanted a program that values both the training of its residents and who their residents are outside of work. I had my daughter right before intern year started and I could not imagine a more supportive environment to come into as a sleep deprived new mom and intern. Faculty, staff, and my fellow residents came together to bring me up to speed and within a few shorts weeks, I felt like I had the tools I needed to succeed in spite of starting residency 2 months late. I am so happy to be in a program where everyone genuinely cares about individual growth and well-being.

I hope that you consider coming to Baystate. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Danielle Finch, DO

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Danielle FinchHello, and thank you for your interest in Baystate! I joined Baystate from Michigan, where I grew up. After spending six years in Atlanta at Emory University for undergrad and grad school, I returned to my home state to work at the state health department and complete medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. When I was searching for residency programs online, one of the first things that stood out to me were these residency bios! I was impressed by any program that took such an interest in who their residents were outside of the hospital.

Baystate also had almost everything I was looking for in an OB/GYN program, including strong family planning training, collaboration between physicians and midwives, and all of the sub-specialties in-house. I wound up completing a high-risk obstetrics rotation here as a fourth-year medical student. So much of choosing residency is about that gut feeling that a place is the right fit, and I knew from day one that this was the place for me. All of the attendings, residents, midwives, nurses, and support staff were kind and welcoming. There was obviously a sincere interest in teaching and continuously improving the program. The residents worked well together and always seemed to be helping one another. I was so incredibly thrilled to match here.

So I made the big move from Michigan, along with my husband, Michael, my two year-old daughter, Eleanor, our two pit bulls, Cosmo and Maeby, and our cat, Mr. Marbles. In my spare time, I love being outdoors with my family and walking our dogs. I also enjoy running and hope to participate in road races around here, and I love to read. I have done a lot of traveling, and I like exploring new places with my family. We can't wait to check out all New England has to offer!

I hope you consider our fine program. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I am always happy to help!

Catherine Hill-Verrochi, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Catherine Hill-VerrochiHi there! Welcome to the wonderful world of Baystate Ob/Gyn! I would love to tell you about my background and why I chose Baystate.

I’ve been so lucky to spend my life in some of the most beautiful areas of New England, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I grew up in the spectacular Mount Washington Valley in New Hampshire where I spent as much time as possible outside skiing, hiking, and kayaking. I graduated from Smith College in Northampton with a degree in Women’s Studies, and then worked in gynecologic research and family planning in Boston. I moved up to Maine for medical school and fell in love with Ob/Gyn.

I was drawn to Baystate not only because of its location in vibrant western Massachusetts, but also because of how impressed I was the residents I met during my training. During a 4th year Gynecologic Oncology rotation, I fell in love with the program and the residents. Despite the intensity of the rotation, the residents I worked with were impossibly kind, patient, and fun - not to mentioned skilled and confident – sign me up! To top it off, it is obvious that the residents, faculty, nurses, and midwives all genuinely enjoy each other’s company.

My husband and I moved to the lovely and scenic Wilbraham, MA with our handsome black lab, Brutus. I love living in a quiet, rural community where my dog can run wild, but still is so close to all the action in the big city – it’s a great balance! Please contact me if you have any questions – I’d be happy to tell you more!

Lauren Jammallo, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Lauren Jammallo

Hi everyone! Welcome to Baystate and thank you for considering our Ob/Gyn residency program! I am a Massachusetts native and am so glad to be doing my residency here at Baystate. I grew up north of Boston, in a small ocean-side town called Swampscott. I received my undergraduate degree at Boston College, worked for two years in clinical research at Massachusetts General Hospital, and then attended Tufts University School of Medicine for medical school. As much as I love Massachusetts and the New England area, I am also an avid traveler (and foodie!) and love exploring new places and trying new things. I also enjoy running, hiking, cooking, crafts, and shopping.

I had the opportunity to do my third year Ob/Gyn rotation at Baystate and I am so happy that I did! It was on this rotation that I discovered my love for Ob/Gyn. Everyone that I worked with at Baystate was just so welcoming. It was clear that each resident loved what they were doing, respected one another, and were well-supported by the faculty. The attendings were all extremely approachable and always willing to teach. Education stood out as a true priority. And most importantly, everyone seemed...happy! I ended up returning to Baystate for two more Ob/Gyn rotations during fourth year (Gyn Onc and REI), which is when I decided that Baystate was the perfect fit for me. I was looking for a program that would not only provide me the skills to become a competent, successful Ob/Gyn, but one that appreciated quality of life and balance. Baystate offered exact these things, and I am so thrilled to be joining the Baystate family. My husband and I can't wait to explore Western Mass, with all of its beautiful running and hiking trails, unique restaurants, and craft festivals!

I hope that you consider our wonderful program here at Baystate. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Heather Love, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Heather LoveHi there, I’m so glad that you’re considering residency at Baystate! I’m a Massachusetts native who attended Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston prior to matching at Baystate and I could not be more thrilled to be here. I completed my BA/MPH at Tufts studying anthropology and public health and took several years to work and gain clinical experience prior to applying to medical school. During my fourth year, I completed an acting internship at Baystate and absolutely fell in love with the program—the diversity of patients, the caliber of teaching, the location, and most of all the people. Throughout residency we work closely with midwives, nurses and attendings; it is a supportive community where people truly love to teach. All specialties are well represented and we have the rigor and research opportunities of an academic center with the feel of a close-knit community hospital where people in the hallway know your name and say hello.

Baystate is a place where having a life outside of medicine is expected and supported. When I am not at the hospital, I love spending time outdoors with my husband and daughter exploring new places, hiking, camping and enjoying local food.

I truly believe that you will receive an excellent education no matter where you train. For me, it is the people with whom you spend your days (and nights!) that truly make a program a great fit. I hope that for you, that program is Baystate!

Dr. Taieri McKenzie

Taieri McKenzie, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Hi there and welcome to Baystate! We are so happy you are interested in our program. I am a New Englander at heart and am originally from a small town called Dover, MA. After completing my undergrad degree at Lehigh University, I took several years off while I worked as a ski instructor, volunteered at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless and took all of my pre-requisites in Boston. For medical school I was in the Maine track at Tufts University School of Medicine, which allowed me to live in Boston for the first two years, followed by two clinical years in beautiful Portland, Maine, where I confirmed my love of women's health and ended up deciding to pursue a career in OB/GYN.

Despite not rotating as a medical student here at Baystate, I had heard endless good things about the program from my Tufts classmates who had spent time here. It was my first interview and even though I had high hopes before I got here, the people I met and the interactions I had that day blew me away. I thought, "maybe all places seem this great on interview day!" Turns out, they don't, and Baystate remained at the top of my list. I was looking for a residency program that serves a diverse patient population, encourages collaboration with midwives, prioritizes education, where coworkers are kind and feel like family, and where I could happily spend my days (and nights). Baystate also has excellent family planning training, and all sub-specialties are strong and in-house, including pediatric and adolescent gynecology, a particular interest of mine. What else could you want?

Earlier this summer I moved to Northampton with my husband Josh and our dog, David Bowie. We love exploring the Pioneer Valley including running the trails at Smith College, going to see live music at the many local venues, eating at new restaurants and trying out local breweries.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions about our wonderful program!

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Dr. Sophia BachilovaSophia Bachilova MD

McGill University Faculty of Medicine

Welcome to Baystate! My name is Sophia, and I joined Baystate after completing my medical school at McGill University in the beautiful city of Montreal in Quebec, Canada. Coming from a school where you feel like a number, I was immediately impressed by Baystate. All the residents and staff knew my name from day 1 of internship, the team was warm and friendly, and the time and effort dedicated to our education was outstanding. I've only come to appreciate the program more and believe that Baystate won't let you graduate as anything less than a great physician. Furthermore, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside midwives. I strongly believe that by working in separate silos, physicians and midwives only see the worst of each other, but at Baystate the two professions mix together and learn to appreciate what each other offers.

Despite coming from a big city, I love the outdoors and love living in Western MA. In one weekend, I can go hiking, climbing, swimming, and see a great band play. I've picked up bird watching from my window and love seeing the beautiful gardens my neighbours plant. Everyone we meet is so friendly! It's almost dangerous to start a conversation if you are in a rush somewhere. Come by for a visit at Baystate and you'll see the friendly smiles for yourself! 

Dr. Sami Backley Sami Backley MD

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine

Thank you for considering our amazing program. Let me tell you about myself and why I chose Baystate!

My name is Sami. I'm originally from Damascus, Syria. I was born in California and grew up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I spent the last seven years in Dublin, Ireland where I went to medical school at RCSI and took part in research at the Rotunda Maternity Hospital.

I was lucky enough to come to Baystate in my final year and do a MFM elective here. I fell in love with the program straight away. Resident education and well-being are the main pillars. My experience was phenomenal! The residents are so friendly and include you in everything; the attendings were ready to inspire you at any chance they had and everyone was ready and willing to teach! The elective was definitely a game changer and I was hoping to come back here as a resident! (Dreams do come true!)

New York and Boston are a short drive away, the Basketball Hall of Fame is right around the corner, loads of hiking trails near and around the area, and the opportunities to unwind and catch up on your sports/hobbies/interests are endless! I'm hoping to start playing golf, when you see me do make sure to ask me if I've started that.

Residency is tough and a big jump from medical school; Baystate is the perfect place to be! Where you learn from the best in the field and are well supported every step of the way. During interview season Baystate stood out with their Fundamentals rotation and the diversity in the program. You're definitely making the right decision by applying here. I'm grateful every day to be working with amazing people from nurses, midwives, support staff, co-residents and attendings! Happy days!

Dr. Laurie Doyon Laurie Doyon DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I interviewed at many fine programs across the country, but I knew from the moment I rotated at Baystate that this was the place for me. On match day I was ecstatic to learn that I would be coming here from Maine, where I was born and raised and did my medical education at the University of New England.

Coming to Baystate was an easy choice — everyone here is supportive, enthusiastic, welcoming, and very dedicated to providing a top-notch educational experience. The other interns are all super nice and passionate about Ob/Gyn and I know we will help one another to more than succeed over the next four years.

On top of this, this part of Western Massachusetts is beautiful and has a nice mix of the urban and rural and provides a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities. I love to go hiking and am happy that Mount Tom and Mount Holyoke are so close and that the Berkshires are but a short drive away. The town I live in (with my husband) is a short commute away from Springfield and is full of good restaurants and cafes and friendly people—all of which love. I’ll have to see if they have a trivia night or if any one plays cribbage here!

If you have any questions about the program, please contact me: I’ll be happy to share more!

Dr. Keith Reisinger-KindleKeith Reisinger-Kindle DO, MPH, MS

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

I recently joined the Baystate family from Las Vegas, NV, but I am originally from Michigan. I completed my undergraduate education and my MPH at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), and I received my MS and attended medical school in Las Vegas at Touro University-Nevada.

I have always been incredibly passionate about working with underserved populations and family planning, and these were some of the things that lead me to initially apply to Baystate. Upon interviewing here, I fell in love with the passion for education and genuine openness to and celebration of diversity that is evident throughout Baystate’s campus on every level. A lot of programs will try to sell you on these points, but at Baystate, you can actually see it.

Outside of my medical life, I like to spend a lot of time with my husband James and our hairless cat Yoshi. We like to explore historical/haunted sites throughout the country, get involved in local politics, study/practice Buddhism, and hunt down new places to eat-the more exotic and spicy the better! Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. 

Dr. Sarah Solano Sarah Nathan MD

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Hello! My name is Sarah Nathan, and I could not be happier to have matched at Baystate Medical Center. While I am originally from California, I have spent the vast majority of my life in Virginia. I was lucky enough to have an amazing family and have been home schooled up until I went to the College of William and Mary. I believe it was for this reason (and an amazing senior year semester abroad in Europe), that I had the stamina to go straight from college into medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University SOM. I loved medical school, I found some of my best friends there and met amazing mentors who allowed me to find my life passion in OB/GYN. It was working in our local Planned Parenthood that really made me see the huge impact I could have in this field.

I discovered Baystate on my first day searching residency programs online, and while the location was not ideal for my fiancé, Matthew who was applying to medical school at the time, I decided it would be my guilty pleasure program and applied. As luck would have it, Matthew was accepted to University of New England in Maine, and they have rotation sites right here in Springfield! I was elated because I had fallen completely in love with the people and values of this program when I interviewed. What I love about this program is that we are trained by Midwives in our early years and that there is a strong Family Planning curriculum. I am beyond thrilled to be here, the support and guidance we receive from our senior residents and attendings is truly a gift.

Based on suggestions I received from the residents, I am living in Northampton, MA which appeals to my love of coffee shops, unique restaurants and beautiful running routes. I hope you come visit us! We look forward to meeting you and showing you who we are, and why Baystate is such a wonderful place to train.

Dr. March Thompson March Thompson MD

Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine

Hi, I’m March. I grew up in Basalt Colorado - an amazing, tiny town in the Rockies. I got my BA in Biology from Colorado College, and while there spent spare moments trail-running, skiing, biking and rock climbing. While I love big mountains, I also love the many places that my travels have taken me since.

After graduating I worked on a Chagas disease research project in the rural areas of Ecuador, which encompassed clinical care, public health, and education, and shaped my love of multi-faceted patient care. I then worked for two years doing HCV research with the University of Washington and University of Colorado. Through a whirlwind of connections and serendipity, I decided to go to Trinity College Dublin (in Ireland) for medical school. It was incredible to learn medicine in a health care system different to what we are used to in the US, and a wonderful experience to live in another country and culture.

While applying and interviewing for Ob/Gyn residency, it became clear to me that Baystate has an unparalleled balance of resident quality of life, quality of learning, diverse patient demographics and the specialties available to treat them, and of course, the support and dedication of the faculty and other residents. It just felt like home. I’m so happy to be a part of the Baystate Ob/Gyn team!

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Dr. Nicole AfuapeNicole Afuape, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Hello! Thank you for looking into our wonderful program at Baystate!!

My name is Nicole Afuape. I was born in Brooklyn and for the most part raised in Queens, New York. I earned an ScB in Human Biology at Brown University in Providence, RI and then stuck around to do an AmeriCorps service year. I went on to complete my medical education at Tufts University in Boston, MA.

During my time at Tufts I took advantage of an opportunity to complete the majority of my third year clerkships at our western campus, which happened to be Baystate. This proved to be a great decision- my longitudinal experience reflected hospital wide focus on strong quality in both education and patient care. Within the Ob/Gyn department I encountered a family-like environment with happy residents and supportive faculty who all seemed to absolutely love their jobs. It was quite clear that Baystate would be an amazing place to pursue my residency training.

During my free time I enjoy spending time with friends & family and trying new things. I especially enjoy cooking/ eating/ yoga/ being active/ music/ dancing/ photography. Western Mass has tons of opportunities for exploration and fun, with additional close proximity to other outside major cities.

Thank you for your interest in our program- I hope that you consider visiting with us. Feel free to contact me with any specific questions that you might have! 

Dr. Thomas GrindbergThomas Grindberg, MD

Univ of North Dakota School of Med & Health Sciences

I think I’m one few people from Fargo, North Dakota to venture this far east for residency, but so far I am thrilled with my decision! Before I go any further, I must tell you that yes, normal people do come from Fargo (well relatively), we DO have cell phones and internet, I have seen the movie Fargo, and no we do not talk like the movie (just don’t ask me to say “bag”…). As far as my background, I grew up on a rural, small grain farm about an hour from Fargo, went to a liberal arts college in Moorhead, MN and then straight to med school at the University of North Dakota.

My passion for medicine really took off when I joined the local ambulance squad as a first responder in high school. I carried that through to working for the emergency response team on campus during undergrad. But then ultimately, I chose OBGYN in med school because it’s one of the few fields where I could do a bit of everything from clinic to surgery. Plus, delivering babies is like the coolest thing ever.

While I do love North Dakota, the farm life and its smaller communities have never been for me. I love the Pioneer Valley because it has all the amenities I could want in terms of restaurants, bars, and shopping, but it’s also minutes away from everything else I love to do in my spare time like exploring the Berkshire Mountains with hiking trails & camping, going to wineries & breweries, prime skiing in Vermont, there’s easy access to the coast, and then of course Boston & NYC are close by to visit. Most of all however, Baystate I’ve found is an amazing place to do residency! The people have been overwhelmingly nice and helpful, the residents are great, and the faculty are fantastic teachers. After stepping foot in this department, I knew instantly that everyone here wanted me to succeed and would do anything to help me achieve my goals. Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better place to pursue obstetrics and gynecology!

Dr. Wendy KwartinWendy Kwartin, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

I was born and raised in South Florida, where I soon realized I wasn’t cut out for heat and humidity year-round. I moved to New England for college, and I’ve stayed here ever since! I studied Neuroscience as an undergrad at Brown University, where I spent a good portion of my time playing trumpet with the Brown University Band, then got my MD from Tufts University School of Medicine.

I chose Baystate for a number of reasons. I'm very excited for a change of scenery from crowded Boston life to Western Mass, but I'll still be able to visit friends and family in Boston and New York when I can manage it. On my interview day, I loved meeting all the residents- they were so welcoming, and clearly managed to have fun and enjoy each other's company while still working hard. Baystate stood out to me for the combination of an academically rigorous teaching hospital with a caring environment. When I rotated here in Family Planning during my fourth year of med school, I found a community of residents, attendings, midwives, nurses, MAs and other staff members that truly worked together as a team.

On my days off, I'm hoping to get in some hiking and cross-country skiing (you can find me on whichever trail is the flattest and most scenic). You might also find me crafting (knitting, quilting, embroidery, you name it!), cooking, or hanging out at home with my boyfriend and our two cats.

Dr. Lauren OrrLauren Orr, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

My name is Lauren, and I’ll tell you a little about myself and why I chose Baystate for residency training. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland (go Orioles!) along with three younger siblings. I did my undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore. I grew up playing soccer and lacrosse and was fortunate enough to get to play both in college as well. After graduation I spent a year as the assistant soccer coach at my college. I then attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL.

Why Baystate? I did not rotate at Baystate as a medical student, but after my interview day I knew that it was, without a doubt, the residency program for me. I think the diversity of clinical experiences, the quality of the education, and the incredibly supportive culture of the residency program are one of a kind. The combination of high quality education and genuinely kind people isn’t always easy to find, and its absolutely everywhere at Baystate. I couldn’t be happier to be a resident here!

Outside of the hospital I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs. We usually like to spend our free weekends boating, going on hikes, running in local races, or playing a little pick up soccer. I also really love discovering new restaurants with unique foods and wines! 

Dr. Shweta ShahShweta Shah, DO

New York Institute of Tech College of Osteopathic Med

Hi everyone :) My name is Shweta. I was born and raised in beautiful, sunny Mombasa in East Africa. I completed my undergraduate education at Malvern College in the United Kingdom, after which I was convinced that I wanted to do medicine. Being a part of the British System of Education, I attended medical school at Kasturba Medical College in South India and completed 6 years to graduate as a doctor. Throughout my rotations, I fell in love with OB/GYN and knew that was the career path I wanted to choose.

As they say, life is so unpredictable and circumstances brought me to California. I tried to attain a residency in OB/GYN, however it was a difficult process as a foreign graduate and after several attempts, I decided to re-do medical school as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Baystate was number one on my list of OB/GYN residency programs from the moment I had the pre interview meet and greet! I was looking for a residency program where everyone got along and was supportive, in addition to one that was going to provide me with the best education possible. Not only is Baystate a beautiful hospital, but what was even more attractive to me are the wonderful people I met. Every resident was approachable and helpful. Tanya and Dr. Sankey are fantastic people too! I know I will be very happy here and that I will graduate a well-rounded OB/GYN physician.

In my spare time, I love to travel and learn about different cultures and languages. I absolutely love making new friends; I like the simple things in life- a good cup of coffee or a nice dinner with great conversation. I love to swim and I enjoy being outdoors for picnics and hikes.

I am excited to start my new journey here! Please contact me for any questions you may have.

Dr. Nicole ThompsonNicole Thompson, MD

SUNY Upstate Medical University

My name is Nicole. I was born and raised in Long Island, NY but fell in love with New England during my four years in Providence, RI where I studied Biology at Brown University. After college, I lived in NYC where I was a laboratory assistant in an in vitro fertilization lab prior to attending SUNY Upstate for medical school.

I love all things movement, from running, to swimming, hiking or biking, but I particularly cannot live without dance.

I live by the words- “work hard and be nice to people,” and I am incredibly grateful that I found a program that shares my values. Baystate is a community where teamwork is the expectation and kindness is the side effect of being happy and proud to work at a great institution.

Western Mass is a perfect central location to quickly get to beautiful beaches, great ski slopes, stunning hikes, and for me, my supportive family and adorable nephews. I am looking forward to an amazing four years of great training, New England exploration, and delicious local farm fresh food.