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Message from our chief residents

As the 2023-2024 Pediatrics Chief Residents, we are thrilled that you are interested in our Pediatrics Residency at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate!

We'd love to tell you a little more about what sets our residency apart from other programs.

We've Created a Close-Knit Family From a Diverse Team

We pride ourselves on providing excellent training for a diverse group of pediatricians.

Our close-knit group of residents includes 9 pediatric residents as well as 8 Med-Peds residents per year. Our residents come from a wide variety of backgrounds including, basic science and research, microfinance, engineering, emergency response, and even the music industry. They enjoy just as many interests: softball, trivia, rock climbing, local music, and just hanging out playing board games, to name a few. It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how. Our residents certainly do!

Our favorite part of working at Baystate is the amazing team of people who work with us. Our residents, attendings, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists, and medical students are all vital members of our team, and we all work to support each other in the care of our patients. Baystate is our family, and it is a great place to call our "home away from home."

Emphasis on Education is the Driving Force of Our Residency

We are passionate about exceptional educational opportunities coming first and foremost during the residency experience.

Our general pediatric and subspecialty attendings love to teach residents, whether it is during rounds, academic conference, weekly Sim Labs, or afternoon teaching sessions on the wards.

We also know some of the best learning happens when you are teaching, and we focus on fostering our residents’ ability to teach the many UMass Chan and other medical students who regularly rotate through Baystate.

We hope this has given you a better idea of our program. Thank you very much for considering us in your search to find the best fit for you.

Please Contact Us If You Have Questions

We are happy to help however we can.

Dr. Peter Morton Dr. Stephanie Hibbard 

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Our residents come from all over

Let our amazing team of residents introduce themselves and tell you why Baystate is a good fit for them. They represent a wonderful diversity of backgrounds, interests and medical schools.

  • Albany Medical School
  • ATSU: AT Still University of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ben Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Creighton University: School of Medicine
  • Frank H. Netter, MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • PCOM: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ross University School of Medicine
    Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine: RCSI Dublin 
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
  • The Jagiellonian University
  • The University of Queensland|Ochsner MD Program
  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  • University College Dublin School of Medicine
  • University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific 

Current residents


Portrait of Delia I. Calderon De Jesus, MDDelia Isabel Calderon De Jesus, MD

Delia was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and moved with her family to Attleboro, Massachusetts at a very young age. Upon graduating high school Delia decided she wanted to get back to her roots and get her Bachelor’s in Molecular Biology at the University of Puerto Rico. It was during this time that she discovered her love of road trips, hiking, and warm beaches. Delia enjoyed her undergrad years so much that she stayed in Puerto Rico for medical school, joining the Universidad Central del Caribe in Bayamon. Her love of pediatrics came as a surprise to Delia during her medical school journey, but she couldn’t be happier with the outcome! Delia’s interest outside of medicine are baking, the outdoors, visiting art museums, and film.

Why UMass Chan-Baystate?
For me Baystate was an obvious choice. Springfield’s population is almost 50% Hispanic/Latino and as someone with my background, I am delighted to be serving this community. When I participated in my visiting rotation with UMass Chan it simply felt like the right fit for me. I was able to enjoy the wintery Massachusetts weather, while being within walking distance of a Puerto Rican diner for when I felt a bit homesick. Baystate itself is a well-organized and welcoming place. The pediatric residency crew are very honest, caring, and strong individuals and I am beyond excited to consider myself part of their team.

Portrait of Mariana Colussi-Pelaez, MDMariana Colussi-Pelaez, MD

I was born and raised in a European household in Toronto, Canada with my two sisters. Gymnastics was a very important part of my life growing up and this led me to receive a full-ride athletic scholarship at Oregon State University where I competed in the NCAA while earning a degree in Microbiology. My senior year of undergrad I shadowed a pediatrician, and it became clear to me that this was the career I wanted to pursue. I then attended the University College Cork School of Medicine in Cork, Ireland for my medical education. During this time, I grew my passion for Pediatrics through my role as chairperson of the UCC Pediatrics Society, where we raised awareness and fundraised for local children’s charities. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, spending time with family and friends, and trying new coffee shops.

Why UMass Chan - Baystate?
remember being very happy and excited after interviewing at Baystate. The program had everything I was looking for, importantly it was a small program with a family feel that had very supportive and passionate faculty. The program coordinator, PD, faculty and residents were all very welcoming, kind and genuine. Some unique aspects of the program that caught my eye were the learner-teacher-manager model and the global health and second site continuity opportunities.

Portrait of Katherine Eisenberg, DOKatherine Eisenberg, DO

Katherine was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Boston with a large extended family and lots of kids and dogs running around. Boston and New England have always felt like home to Katherine because that is where her family is, and so she stayed close to Boston attending Tufts Undergraduate and working at Boston Children’s Hospital for 3 years in pediatric orthopedic research. For medical school, Katherine branched out and made new connections and friendships in the Chicagoland area at Midwestern University CCOM. Her experiences at CCOM helped her to solidify her desire to specialize in pediatrics. Katherine also developed new hobbies and interests during her time in medical school and during the pandemic including yin yoga and paint by numbers.

Why UMass Chan - Baystate?
Baystate was originally top of my list because it brought me home. However, the more I researched the program, the more I fell in love with the program based on its own merits. There is a definite sense of priority on resident education that shines through at this program. Initiatives to push towards a 100% pass rate caught my eye, as did the obvious care that went into simulating a full and well-resourced outpatient experience at the continuity clinic. Every aspect of the resident education at Baystate appears to have been approached thoughtfully and that, in addition to geography, is why Baystate for me.

Portrait of Hilda Gutierrez Pulido, MDHilda Gutierrez, MD

Hilda was born and raised near the mountains of Lima, Peru. She completed her medical degree at Universidad de San Martin de Porres and, by the end of her studies, she found that her passion was pediatrics. While volunteering as an equine therapy assistant, she met many children that required complex care, which solidified her interest in child care. After graduating from medical school, Hilda completed her masters in medical research and moved to Boston to continue her training. She became a research coordinator at the Neurology Department at BIDMC and made incredible friends and mentors along the way. Hilda enjoys horseback riding, reading sci-fi/fantasy, learning sign language, and is deeply passionate about cooking.

Why UMass Chan - Baystate?
Ever since my virtual interview, I could see that the faculty truly wanted to help residents learn and thrive. I’ll always remember that a few minutes after I received the email saying I matched at Baystate, the Program Director, Dr. Senn-McNally, called to congratulate me and wish me luck. How thoughtful was that! I am eager to start this new journey with the Baystate family.

Portrait of Angelica Nieves-Rivera, MDAngelica Nieves-Rivera,  MD

Angelica was born and raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. She grew up in a big family, playing volleyball and always at parties dancing salsa and Latin music. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Puerto Rico and then moved south to study medicine at Ponce Health Sciences University SoM. There, along with her talented friends, she found her passion for community medicine, patient advocacy, and wellness. Outside of medicine, Ange enjoys reading, photography, brunch, visiting the beach, playing with her dogs Ottie and Olivia, and spending time with her family and friends.

Why UMass Chan - Baystate?
I had the opportunity to meet some residents from Baystate and I was impressed with how happy they were. I was looking for a residency program that encourages camaraderie, cultural diversity, and residents’ individualized learning and personal wellness, and Baystate-Peds has it all. On the day of my interview, Dr. Senn-McNally really sealed the deal. Cannot wait to meet the rest of the faculty and my co-residents!!

Portrait of Bianca Olivieri, MDBianca Olivieri, MD

I was born in Montréal, Québec and raised in a close-knit Italian family. I completed my undergraduate degree at McGill University in Cognitive Science (with a focus in neuroscience, philosophy, computer science, and linguistics), followed by a Master’s degree with McGill University’s Integrated Programme in Neuroscience. My research focused on the effects of birth asphyxia on newborn brain development, with a clinical trial assessing treatment for brain damage repair in these newborns. In addition, I took part in a student-lead initiative to bring neuroscience education to socioeconomically disadvantaged children across Québec. Through these experiences, I cultivated my passion for medicine in the pediatric population and from there went on to complete medical school at St. George’s University, in the global scholars programme. I love to travel (I have lived in four countries and have visited over dozens more) and enjoy learning different languages (currently fluent in Italian, English, and French while learning Spanish and ASL). Outside of medicine you can usually find me baking, museum hopping, painting, and (re)reading any of Douglas Hofstadter’s books.

Why UMass Chan – Baystate?
What stood out to me the most after my interview here was the strong sense of community amongst the residents and faculty. This, along with the nurturing nature of the programme, was evident in each interaction I had - with everyone genuinely invested in the success and wellbeing of one another. I found myself continuously comparing other programmes to this one after each interview, so I knew Baystate was the best programme for me. I was looking for a supportive programme with a robust academic curriculum that would promote strong professional development, and I found all that and more with Baystate!

Portrait of Josh Pankin, MDJoshua Pankin, MD

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston and am excited to be returning home to Massachusetts! I’m a non-traditional student and have worked as a sous chef in an Italian restaurant, served in the military, and traveled around the world. During my undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, I chose to conduct research on lung tissue development because no one chooses the air that they breathe, least of all children. After graduating, I completed my medical education at Tel Aviv University where I focused my volunteer efforts on the asylum-seeking and refugee communities. In my free time I enjoy long-distance hiking, landscape photography, and spending time with my partner and our dog.

Why UMass Chan - Baystate?
I chose UMass Baystate because of the supportive and welcoming community. From day one, everyone I interacted with has been helpful and generous with their time. In addition, I’m excited by the focus on increasing health equity both here in the Pioneer Valley and abroad through global health opportunities. Lastly, I’m excited to be returning to Massachusetts after fifteen years away.

Portrait of Robert Soohey, MDRobert Soohey, MD

I was raised in a small town in rural Maine. Growing up I spent summers by the water and winters snowmobiling in the northern wilderness. My first exposure to healthcare was through the group homes my parents managed for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. While I had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up, I knew that I wanted to become someone like my pediatrician. Fast forward, and many years later I am ever closer, having completed my medical training at Tufts University School of Medicine, and now starting residency at Baystate. Outside of medicine I thoroughly enjoy impromptu singing with my wife, playing guitar, reading, most things outdoors, and spoiling our mini-goldendoodle, Barkley!

Why UMass Chan - Baystate?
I knew that I wanted to stay in the Northeast and, preferably, close to my family. On interview day, everyone was so endearing and extremely committed to resident education. Baystate has a lot of the features that I was looking for in a program, with a more diverse patient population compared to broader New England, high volume, and a tight-knit, learning oriented program. I am so excited, and fortunate, to be starting my pediatrics career here at Baystate!

Portrait of Dr. VogelgsangClaudia Vogelgsang, MD

In 2019, Rebekka and her family relocated to the US from her native country Germany, where she was pursuing a career as a pediatrician. Initially planning for a short-term stay, Rebekka wanted to open a sewing business while in the US. But she quickly fell in love with New England, and once the pandemic hit, she couldn’t ignore her call back to medicine and took the USMLE exams.
She had previously completed a 2-year pediatric outpatient residency training in Göttingen, and a 1-year rotation at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University Hospital Erlangen. She completed her 6 years of Medical School at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen, where she also wrote her dissertation in the field of Neuroscience. Rebekka loves baking, spending time with her husband and her two children, swimming, and good coffee.

Why UMass Chan - Baystate?
As an NDD-resident, I have the privilege to start my training at Baystate Pediatric Hospital. I appreciate the wide range of pediatric patients from diverse backgrounds. Most of all, I am excited about the amazing team I get to be part of.

Portrait of Eva Yagudaev, MDEva Yagudaev, MD

Eva grew up in the sunny city of Boca Raton, Florida, and is an alumna of Florida Atlantic University. There, she pursued her Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and a Masters of Health Administration. She then moved to Israel and completed her medical degree at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, where she discovered her love for hiking. She is an avid reader and enjoys exploring various genres, from mysteries to autobiographies. Her other passion is baking - she loves to try out new recipes and experiment with ingredients to create mouthwatering treats.

Why UMass Chan - Baystate?
Baystate immediately stood out to me during my interview day, where I was welcomed by friendly and enthusiastic residents and faculty. I felt a strong sense of community and support that I was looking for in a residency program. I was impressed by the diversity of the patient population and clinical settings, providing a well-rounded training experience. Additionally, Baystate prioritizes resident wellness and work-life balance, which is essential for delivering quality patient care. Overall, I am excited to begin my pediatrics career as part of the Baystate family and feel that it offers just the right balance of all the essential elements.


Dr Maria Veronica AndradeMaria Andrade, DO

I was born in Ecuador and emigrated to Oklahoma City at age 10, where I grew up enjoying spending time with family and friends, attending church, and volunteering for various organizations. I completed both my undergraduate and Master’s in Public Health degrees in Oklahoma. While pursuing my MPH, I worked with the ONIE Project, a SNAP-Ed Program, creating nutrition calendars, cooking classes, physical activity programs and online content to help low-income Oklahoman families lead healthier lives. After completing my degree, I stayed on with the project for several years helping expand its outreach to the Hispanic community even more. I completed my medical education at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, where I continued to cultivate my love for serving underserved communities through global mission work and volunteering. I also enjoy long-distance running, being outdoors, traveling, cooking, and dancing.

Why UMass Chan - Baystate?
Baystate had several aspects that I was looking for in a program- quality training, small class size, advocacy and global health opportunities, as well as flexibility to tailor my training. The stories I heard during my interview and at the meet and greet as well as graduate feedback spoke well of the culture at Baystate, and it gave me confidence that I would be well-supported during this experience.

Dr Shelby BurtonShelby Burton, DO

Born and raised in Denver, CO, I have known I wanted to be a doctor from my early high school years. Because of this, I spent any time in high school that wasn’t dedicated to helping raise my three younger siblings taking every medically-oriented elective offered. My undergraduate degree (B.S.) in Biology was in Billings, MT, where I started a non-profit chapter with campaigns focused on literacy, suicide prevention, and combatting food insecurity. Because my siblings were still young by the time I graduated college, I returned to Colorado to work as a medical assistant for several years to finally get to enjoy watching them grow up. I finally brought myself to leave in order to complete medical school at Touro University Nevada. I spend my free time huddling up under some blankets to read a book (typically young adult, à la Mortal Instruments) or writing one.

Why UMass Chan - Baystate?
Aside from the warmth that emanated from all the faculty , residents, and staff I met on my interview day (virtually), I love that Baystate dedicates time helping trainees learn the local resources so we can arm our patients with as much information as possible. I believe that an investment in residents’ familiarity with their community upfront will pay off many times over in our ability to better connect with our patients and their families and problem solve with them to help them meet their goals.

CooperJasonJason Cooper, DO

Jason was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington D.C. He grew up playing the harp, exploring hiking trails with his dog, and volunteering as an EMT. While working at a local summer camp he found his passion for working with children and families. He completed his bachelor’s degree in animal sciences at the University of Maryland and became a paramedic soon after graduating. Jason then packed up and moved south for the opportunity to study medicine at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. There he made incredible friends and went on countless adventures in the Appalachian Mountains. Outside of medicine Jason enjoys reading, hiking, getting together with friends, and baking.

Why UMass Chan - Baystate?
Right from the beginning I felt connected to Baystate. The residents and faculty were all genuinely warm and welcoming on my interview day. Despite the virtual format I could tell that they cared and were excited to meet us. Baystate is a Goldilocks program with just enough of all the right things. I am thrilled to be starting my pediatrics career as a member of the Baystate family.

Dr Pooja DahiyaPooja Dahiya, MD

I was born in New Delhi, India but I grew up in Toronto, Canada alongside my younger brother. Growing up I spent a lot of time rehearsing and performing Bollywood dances. After high-school I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto while also volunteering at the pediatrics department of my local hospital. I then attended Ross University School of Medicine and moved to a Caribbean Island. During this time, I cultivated my passion for pediatrics by founding a Pediatrics club in St. Kitts through which we provided healthcare resources to the underserved pediatric community on the island. In my spare time I enjoy watching Marvel films and the Friends TV show. I also love to bake sweets!

Why UMass Chan – Baystate?
I interviewed at UMass - Chan Baystate at the very start of interview season. I distinctly remember leaving every interaction, whether that be meet-and-greet night or interview sessions, with a huge smile on my face. I was excited about this program from the start and that anticipation has stayed with me throughout the application cycle. The camaraderie between residents, the warm and welcoming environment from faculty, and the robust academic curriculum with the learner-teacher-manager model were what attracted me to this program. Lastly, being Canadian, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere that didn’t have snow during the Christmas season!

Dr Ashley KenyonAshley Kenyon, DO

I was born in Ireland but grew up in Massachusetts after my family immigrated to Boston. I spent a lot of my childhood either playing with my two brothers or practicing Irish Step Dance. Dance was a big part of my life, and I went on to compete at the regional level and continued dancing into my college years. I attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I received my BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, with a minor in Sociology. After college, I worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at both Joslin Diabetes Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. My passion to work with children stemmed from my pediatric research experience but was solidified after I volunteered at a camp for children with life threatening illnesses. For medical school, my then-boyfriend, now-husband, and I moved across the country to Oregon to attend Western University of Health Sciences COMP-NW. Outside of medicine, I love to travel (especially to the Caribbean), to be outdoors, read good books, and spend time with my family.

Why UMass Chan – Baystate?
After having a little adventure on the West Coast for medical school, I was ready to move back to MA to be back in the communities I grew up in and be closer to family. What drew me to Baystate was the commitment to serving the surrounding communities and underserved populations. After completing a rotation at Baystate, I fell in love with the family atmosphere, and I knew it was the place I wanted to be for the next stage of my career. The residents and staff are so welcoming and always supporting each other and it really felt like home. I am also looking forward to being back in the Pioneer Valley!

Dr Matthew LinnehanMatthew Linnehan, MD

I am Matt, the 3rd NDD resident, and grew up in Chelmsford, MA where I played baseball and basketball and never dreamed that my life would take me all the way out to distant Springfield. I attended Boston College, majoring in biology with a concentration in bioinformatics. I then spent several years working at the MGH/HST Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging studying Huntington’s Disease and early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease in the Down Syndrome population before completing medical school at UMass Chan Medical School. I am passionate about caring for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and have experience as a counselor at a camp for children with special needs, a PCA, and a Best Buddy. I also fit the MA stereotypes of being a diehard Boston sports fan, drinking Dunks iced coffee all year, and loving lobster rolls.

Why UMass Chan - Baystate?
While attending medical school at UMass, I was able to rotate with the pediatrics department and could tell it was a great fit. The residents were so welcoming and invested in their patients, and the program allowed them the support needed to learn while becoming more autonomous over time. I also enjoy hiking with my wife and black lab, and am looking forward to exploring western MA, the last frontier on my lifelong journey across the Bay State.

Dr Nilaksa SivanenthiranNilaksa Sivanenthiran, MD

I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, also known as The Six! Growing up, I trained in South Asian Carnatic singing and taught other first-generation Canadian children. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto Scarborough in Neuroscience and Psychology. During this time, I also volunteered at a respite center where I discovered my passion for advocating for neurodiverse children. I pursued my medical degree at University College Dublin and enjoyed traveling to Irish coastal hiking trails and beautiful European cities over four years!

Why UMass Chan – Baystate?
UMass Chan - Baystate was a standout to me from the very beginning. On interview day, it was clear that this was a program with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, in addition to academic excellence. My interactions with the program director, attending physicians, and residents confirmed that Baystate was for me. I am excited for the next three years in this wonderful program!

Dr Deaven TheriaultDeaven Theriault, DO

I grew up in Springfield and Ludlow, Massachusetts and was always active in sports. I attended Wells College in Aurora, New York where I received my degree in Biology. During this time, I was part of the cross-country team and volunteered as an EMT/Firefighter. I spent a semester abroad in Granada, Spain and was able to do an internship with a family medicine physician. After graduation I moved to Colorado to earn my Master’s in Biomedical Science at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine and stayed there for the rest of my medical education. I have always known Pediatrics was my passion, which was only solidified while volunteering in the NICU, during local outreach programs at elementary schools and throughout all of my Pediatric rotations. Outside of medicine I love to be outside hiking, camping, running and spending time with family and friends.

Why UMass Chan – Baystate?
I chose Baystate because I knew I wanted to go to a smaller program that truly valued education and where residents felt supported. I was able to experience this firsthand during my Sub-I in the PICU. All the attendings, residents and staff were so welcoming and always took the time to teach and help. I have the opportunity to give back to the community I grew up in and could not be more excited to be back close to home.

Dr Mollie WaldMollie Wald, MD

I was raised in the Boston suburb of Newton, MA with my three younger siblings. I earned an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and subsequently completed medical school in Israel, studying at the Technion’s Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. With a background in research, I worked in a food science lab throughout college, and worked in a startup pharmaceutical company, developing a new drug for treating children with PKU. Extracurricularly, I have supported peers in the UMass student disability center and spent a summer volunteering at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel. An avid traveler, I have explored over two dozen countries with my family and friends. In my free time, I enjoy biking, going to the beach, and baking.

Why UMass Chan – Baystate?
There were two important things that were immediately evident to me when I interviewed at Baystate. First, that the standard of care afforded to patients at Baystate is exceptional, and second, that both the faculty and current residents in the pediatric residency program are a welcoming and helpful community. In my interactions with the current residents, I found everyone to be inclusive, which was exactly what I was looking for in a residency program. As a New England native, I’m excited to partake in Baystate’s commitment to supporting underserved communities while also being so close to home.


Dr Taylor BatesTaylor Bates, DO

Taylor grew up in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, Alabama, where she enjoyed playing soccer and lacrosse. She has always had a passion for children, and in high school, she was able to develop a love for medicine as well by joining the Health Science Academy. This allowed her to use her class electives to work with a local pediatrician each day. She attended undergrad at Birmingham-Southern College where she played for the Women’s Lacrosse team and majored in sociology/psychology. During undergrad, she worked at Clinical Research Center of Alabama where she learned to take care of patients and developed a love for research. She spent her summers as a camp counselor in the mountains of Northeast Alabama where her love for children and the outdoors flourished. After graduation, she continued to work as a research assistant and spent her free time volunteering at Children’s of Alabama and coaching lacrosse at a local high school. She then moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to attend William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She spent every rotation possible working with children in various pediatric settings and spent her first summer break in Costa Rica working at a Nicaraguan refugee clinic. She also completed research on HPV vaccine compliance. Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking with her pit-bull rescue, Mason, white water rafting, cheering for the Crimson Tide, and DIY projects.

Why UMMS-Baystate?

I came to fall in love with UMMS-Baystate while searching for the quintessential New England residency program. By the end of my interview day, I was completely smitten. Dr. Koenigs made me feel welcome and at ease even as my cat AND dog embarrassed me by joining my virtual interview! Then, Dr. Mackie spoke with me as if I was already part of his team! Everyone I met was unique and compassionate. After my interview, I couldn’t stop bragging about how impressive UMMS-Baystate was. After learning of the comradery between faculty and residents paired with the many individualized learning opportunities, I knew UMMS-Baystate was the place for me. Plus, I got a kick out of watching peoples’ faces as I told them I would be leaving the South and trading it for the snowy North.

Dr Ahuva BrownAhuva Brown, MD

Ahuva grew up in Toronto, Ontario where she enjoyed working as a special education and general classroom teacher before pursuing a career in medicine. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at York University. Her passion for travel and global health was sparked by her time as an outreach worker in Moscow, Russia, which led her to attend the Medical School for International Health at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. After graduating, Ahuva spent a year as a clinical research fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children in the Division of Neonatology where she was able to cultivate her medical research, educator, and graphic design skills. Ahuva loves learning about historical fashion, art and architecture throughout different eras. She also enjoys sewing and designing clothing, embroidery, sketching, reading, and collecting Victorian and Edwardian books.

Why UMMS-Baystate?

There were so many aspects about Baystate that aligned with the core values I was looking for in a program. The warm, supportive and fun environment that was tangible during the interview day both from the staff and the residents. The high quality training and the many global health and mental health elective options with the ability to tailor my training to these interests. The focus on advocacy and decreasing health disparities in the community. Not to mention, the incredibly beautiful location in New England.

Dr Maeka De La TorreMaeka De La Torre, MD

Maeka was born in the tropical islands of the Philippines; growing up Filipino, she had an important sense of community and tradition while maintaining adaptability that had carried her throughout emigration to the US and living as a Filipino-American citizen. She spent some time in the West Coast of California before meandering her way down to the deserts of Texas where she completed her undergraduate education in The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as part of the pilot accelerated BS-MD program, A-PRIME TIME. She eventually made her way from the desert heat of South Texas back to the waters at Galveston Island at The University of Texas Medical Branch for her medical education as a member of the pilot cohort, the SEA CHange program. There, she fell in love with pediatrics (and strangely, with writing horror!). Now, Maeka is starting her new journey to the northeast coast of Massachusetts into new (and colder!) waters. The tides are forever changing in her life, but it’s an exciting time! As Roosevelt said, “A smooth sea never made for a skilled sailor.”

Why UMMS-Baystate?

Baystate offers an opportunity to really help me grow as a resident; their program encompassed so many of my interests, from their global health curriculum, the lay book club, and their strides towards bettering self-care for their residents. My meeting with the fantastic faculty and staff might have been done virtually, but I felt there was a profound sense of connection and camaraderie during morning report and the resident panel that gave me a real sense of a supportive team dedicated to learning and their patients.

Dr Jessica LeungJessica Leung, MD

Jessica was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada with her older sister. She grew up playing the piano, the guzheng and training as a badminton athlete where she often travelled across North and South America for competitions. She attended the University of British Columbia where she received her undergraduate science degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. During this time, she was also a child life volunteer at her local children’s hospital, tutored children through a non-profit organization, and coached badminton to kids which solidified her love for working with children and passion for pursuing Pediatrics. She then travelled across the Atlantic to pursue her medical degree at the National University of Ireland, Galway and learnt about Irish culture while also exploring Europe. Outside of medicine, she loves to go camping, explore new hiking trails, bike, play badminton, and bake for her friends and family!

Why UMMS-Baystate?

Starting from the night I met the residents during the meet and greet, I immediately felt welcomed, and I could tell that they were more than just a team; they were family. I believe that it is important to have a positive and supportive team culture to thrive in residency and that is exactly what Baystate encompasses. Beyond the incredibly supportive faculty and residents, I chose Baystate because of its immense dedication to the community and commitment towards helping the underserved population.

Dr Shatabdi Saha PinkyShatabdi Saha Pinky, MD

I grew up in the city life of the capital of Bangladesh, in the dazzle of lights and the rush of life! Being the middle child of the family might have kept me in the rush as well I guess! Following that, I graduated from Dhaka Medical College with honors grade (the better side of being pushed! Ha Ha!). Also, this is where I met my wonderful husband and together we decided to move to USA with the dream of pursuing our career here. And I’m glad we have found our destination here at Baystate Medical Center (he joined as IM hospitalist). We have been living here almost a year and we have fallen in love with this mesmerizing place and the wonderful people here. Besides spending time with friends and family, we love to roam around new places, trying out the restaurants, going to mountains and the most favorite- beautiful beaches! The nature is so amazing here with erratic diversity, that has made an imprint on my music loving soul and spiritual insight and now it feels so special as I am staring my journey of pediatrics at the birth place of all time children’s favorite, Dr. Seuss!

Why UMMS-Baystate?

I will say, why not UMMS Baystate! The wonderful balance of professionalism and camaraderie that any resident will be looking forward to, is here which I felt during my interview season. I was specially thrilled by the amazing personality of Dr. Mackie, our Program Director. Such a humble and down to earth person, at the same time, so extraordinarily genius and dedicated teacher! I can’t think of having a better mentor during my journey of residency. Also, maintaining family and work life together here is an extra bonus for me. I am looking forward to the best 3 years of my life with Baystate family here!

RomeroElisabethjpgElisabeth Romero, MD

Elisabeth grew up on Long Island but spent her winters in Vermont as a competitive alpine skier. She attended Wheaton College in the suburbs of Chicago, where she double majored in Applied Health Sciences and Biblical/Theological Studies. During her undergraduate years, she developed a passion for service through volunteering in free clinics and on medical missions to Haiti.

Elisabeth then returned to Long Island to attend medical school at Stony Brook. She was drawn to pediatrics by the resilience of pediatric patients and the collegiality of pediatricians. Outside of medicine, Elisabeth enjoys competing in long distance triathlons and has completed 3 full-distance Ironman. She loves hiking, playing board games, and cooking with her husband.

Why UMMS-Baystate?

I appreciate the program’s focus on psychosocial as well and socioeconomic determinants of health and feel these are salient elements of prognosis. I am excited to train in a collaborative, supportive environment and to work with a diverse, underserved patient population. As an avid skier, hiker and biker, I am also very excited to take advantage of the natural beauty of Massachusetts.

Dr Natasha ThiagalingamNatasha Thiagalingam, DO

Natasha grew up in the Boston suburb of Lexington, MA where she discovered her interest in the arts & dance and became an active member of Amnesty International. She went to undergrad at Stony Brook University on Long Island, where she majored in Biochemistry, met wonderful friends, danced on a South Asian fusion dance team & went to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip. During that time, she also volunteered with pediatric patients at the Cancer Center, playing games, creating art projects, and/or just chatting. After college, she worked as a scribe at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Dermatology clinic and as a clinical research assistant on a Home Hospital pilot program. She then moved to coastal Maine to attend the University of New England for medical school, where her passion for medicine and working with children continued to grow. For as long as Natasha and her family & friends can remember, she has wanted to become a Pediatrician, so this is truly a dream come true for her! Her interests outside of medicine include binging TV shows, cooking/baking, watching sports, anything Fall (sweater weather, pumpkin spice everything), and traveling.

Why UMMS-Baystate?

I spent my clinical 3rd/4thyears at Berkshire Medical Center in Western MA. During that time, I worked with UMass students, as well as residents and attendings who trained at Baystate & everyone spoke very highly of their experiences within the Pediatric Department. On my interview day, I felt very welcomed by the residents and faculty, and I could tell that they genuinely supported each other & took the time to get to know me, something I had already experienced from alumni. So, I am thrilled to be joining the Baystate family - this New Englander won’t be leaving anytime soon!

Dr Jonathan TwiggsJonathan Twiggs, DO

JD grew up in Pleasant Grove UT on the foot of the mountains where he loved to hike, backpack and rock climb. He later went to undergrad at Utah Valley University where he studied exercise science. He met a wonderful girl, got married and had a few children before heading to Lynchburg VA to attend medical school at Liberty University. In the downtime he enjoys, cooking, board games and still loves to hike.

Why UMMS-Baystate?

During interviews, I felt the faculty at Baystate had a genuine interest in me. Both the residents and faculty were very welcoming and friendly making it feel like a great place to work.

Dr Stephanie VogelStephanie Vogel, DO

Stephanie grew up in Bellmore, NY where she enjoyed spending summers at the Long Island beaches and eating lots of pizza and bagels. She attended undergrad at Binghamton University where she discovered her passion for working with and advocating for children with special needs. During this time, she helped establish a club aimed to destigmatize special needs called One Special World (now a registered 501(c) non-profit organization!). Stephanie graduated with a degree in Integrative Neuroscience and an Evolutionary Studies minor. She went to medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic medicine which further solidified her interest in pediatrics. From working with her pediatric endocrinologist in high school to completing her 3rd year pediatric clerkship rotation, peds felt like the perfect fit! In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, and playing board games, especially Settlers of Catan.

Why UMMS-Baystate?

Even with virtual interviews this season, I felt welcomed by residents and faculty. It was evident that they are a tight-knit group of people that support one another, as well as the local community. I can't wait to become a part of the Baystate family.

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