Katherine Adams, PL-2

Katherine grew up in the shadow of Mount Rainier in beautiful Puyallup, Washington. She traveled across the country to Brown University, where she studied chemistry and researched the exciting antibiotic production of Streptomyces bacteria. She then experienced the magical Midwest while in medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. While in Milwaukee, she studied Mycobacterium tuberculosis and developed her love for cheese. She is thrilled to be back in New England for her residency and to be working with children. Katherine loves baseball and is, sadly, a lifelong Mariners fan. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, drinking tea, and visiting the aquarium, where she loves to pet the stingrays.



Adam Beitscher, Med/Peds PL-4

Adam was born and raised in Breckenridge, Colorado until he decided to trade in the Rockies for the hills of Omaha, Nebraska to attend Creighton University. While there he was introduced to and overtaken by the combination of social justice and medicine while having the opportunity to work in health care with some of the more disenfranchised people of Omaha, the Dominican Republic, and Bolivia. After a year of post-grad research he fled the country for a year-long volunteer program in Ecuador. While working in a clinic for patients with Hansen’s disease and running an after school program outside of Guayaquil, he met Alison. After returning to the US, Adam chased Alison to Boston where he worked at Boston Children’s doing HIV outreach, counseling, and testing. Despite her common sense, Alison acquiesced and married Adam in 2010 while he was in DC attending George Washington for medical school. Their expanding family includes a dog, and in October of 2012 their son Owen came into the world just when Hurricane Sandy was beating up the coast. Adam was fortunate enough to travel to Haiti twice during medical school and is hoping to have a career where international work is expected. He is thrilled to be back in New England and at UMASS but is distraught over how he’ll be able to stay up on his Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets and Avalanche during residency.

Kirsti Buchholz, PL1

Kirsti was born just outside of Philadelphia, PA, and spent her younger years in rural Pennsylvania surrounded by cows and cornfields. On her seventh birthday, her family moved to Naples, Florida, where she was able to play softball year round and always had an awesome tan. She ventured up to New Jersey for undergrad at Princeton University, where she majored in Psychology and did thesis research on the effects of aerobic exercise on stress and mood. During her time at Princeton, she stumbled over the opportunity to be a volunteer counselor at Camp Jabberwocky, the longest running overnight summer camp for people with disabilities in the United States, located on beautiful Martha's Vineyard. She fell in love with the campers, counselors, and the island, and has been back for at least a weekend every summer since. After finally getting adjusted to winters in New Jersey, Kirsti moved back to scorching Florida to attend medical school at the University of Florida (Go Gators!!), where she was involved in the AMA and developed an interest in medical education. She is thrilled to be at UMass for residency training, where she is closer to Camp Jabberwocky and her boyfriend Chris (also a Jabberwocky counselor). In her free time, she likes to make delicious baked goods, attempt to work out, and spend time with her boyfriend and their dog, Zoe. 

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Jamie Campbell, PL -2

Jamie grew up in York, Pennsylvania where she attended Dallastown HS.  She completed her undergraduate career at Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Molecular Biology/Biotechnology while simultaneously competing in both Division II Women's Swimming and Outdoor Track and Field.  She went on to complete her medical degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.  During medical school, she had the opportunity to participate in international medicine during a Women's and Children's trip to Belize and become published in a peer reviewed journal on the topic of concussion in the sport of soccer.  Jamie successfully participated in the Couple's Match along with her fiance Doug Campbell (a current Emergency Medicine intern at UMass).  Outside of hospital life, she enjoys reading, camping, hiking, finding new things to try (like triathlons!), and spending some time with her pets (Meeka and Milo).  Being new to the New England area, she is excited to take advantage of all of the adventures (and great restaurants) Massachusetts has to offer!

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Cindy Chen, Med/Peds PL-2

Cindy grew up in the Baltimore, MD area, but fell in love with Boston when the Red Sox broke their famed World Series drought the same year that she started college at MIT. She planned to be a computer engineer but became fascinated with the life sciences and urban health issues while volunteering with the homeless. After graduating with a degree in Biology, she worked for three years in clinical research at MGH, mainly with HIV+ patients with metabolic dysfunction. She then attended Chicago Medical School, where she unexpectedly found that she loved taking care of both adults and children, leading her to the awesome field and community that is Med/Peds. She is very excited to be back in Massachusetts for residency. She is interested in both primary care and hospital medicine, and hopes to continue working with underserved communities. Cindy also enjoys cooking, baking, knitting, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.



Resident Emily Chen

Emily Chen, Med/Peds PL-3

Emily is a proud Massachusetts lifer. Born in Boston, raised in Stoneham, she moved a whopping 20 min from home to attend Tufts University for undergrad. After graduating with a degree in Geology (ask her where to find dinosaur footprints in New England!) she spent a year doing bench research at Children’s Hospital and then two years in the AmeriCorps program. During this time she was placed at a Community Health Center in Boston and discovered a passion for community-focused primary care. She attended UMass Medical School where she hunkered down to focus on studying and making some lifelong friends. Realizing it was an amazing place, she was delighted to stay and is incredibly excited to be a part of the Med-Peds family at UMass.  On her days off, you can find Emily enjoying a hike in the White Mountains, running around the Burncoat neighborhood, enjoying time with family and friends, or knitting on the couch and watching bad TV.  


Resident Anna Chin

Anna Chin, Med/Peds PL-3

Anna grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and went to Carnegie Mellon University where she got her bachelor’s degree in Biology. From there she came back to New England and attended Dartmouth College where she received her MPH. After feeling a little burned out from school, she spent a year working as a Patient Safety Fellow at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont. She finally returned home to Massachusetts to attend UMass for medical school and loved it so much she is staying as a Med/Peds resident. Her professional interests include primary care, health care policy, quality improvement, and medical education. In her spare time, she enjoys time with friends and family, traveling, going to the beach, hiking, baking, improving her cooking skills, and cheering on her New England sports teams.

Anna Cooley, PL-3

Anna grew up in Newton Highlands, MA where she attended Newton South HS. She ventured to the Midwest to attend undergrad at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Meanwhile, she spent her summers working as a counselor at Camp Coniston where she taught swimming, sailing, led hiking trips, and generally acted silly. After undergrad she moved back to Massachusetts and lived in Somerville outside of Porter Square, working at Harvard Vanguard as a Float Medical Assistant. She then attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo, which is actually a lovely place to live. Now, however, she is excited to be back in New England at UMass! So basically she has travelled east and west on the Mass Pike/I90 for the past 20+ years with several adventures in between.


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Katharine Davidoff, PL-2

Kate was born and raised in a small town not far from Worcester called Holliston (not to be confused with Hollister, the town in CA whose name also graces that store in the mall that reeks of teenage boys). She then moved east to the big city to attend Boston University for college. There, she spent her free time working at the Red Sox Team Store at Fenway Park and using her hard-earned paycheck to buy various Sox-related paraphernalia.  After that, she spent a year working at NIH in an HIV/AIDS lab before sticking around the DC area for medical school at Georgetown (Hoya Saxa!). She is happy to be back in Mass for residency and a little closer to family and friends! When she isn’t in the hospital, she enjoys doing pretty much anything outdoors (running along the Wachusett Reservoir!), cheering on her Boston sports teams, finding new fun places to eat, and experimenting with new vegan recipes (Mac and Cheese, anyone?). 

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Charlotte Delaney, Med/Peds PL1

Charlotte was born in New York City and grew up in Pelham, NY (a small town outside NYC). She graduated from Williams College in 2006 with a BA in Music and Psychology. After college, she decided to pursue her love of music and theatre, and she headed back to The Big Apple and earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at NYU. While she was there, she taught voice lessons as a member of the NYU faculty, and she spent a few years auditioning and performing in and around NYC (some all-time favorite roles included “Laurey” in Oklahoma! and “Cinderella” in Into the Woods). After completing her post-baccalaureate classes, Charlotte started at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2012. At Einstein, she was president and musical director of the college's a cappella group The Lymph Notes. She also wrote and starred in several musical parody videos. Her video "Hell (Little School)" (a parody of the opening number from Disney's Beauty & the Beastwon second place in the National Memmy (Medical Emmy) contest. (  Charlotte is thrilled to return to Massachusetts for her residency in Med-Peds! Her academic interests include adolescent medicine and transitional care. She lives in Westborough with her husband Caleb. She loves snow, baking, board games and Disney movies.

Nisha Fahey, PL1

Nisha grew up in Waterford, Connecticut and then studied molecular biology and anthropology at Boston University. While at BU, she became involved in research about access to emergency contraception among adolescents and developed an interest in exploring health disparities. She went on to complete her medical degree at Des Moines University in Iowa. Nisha served as president of Homeless Camp Outreach, a student group that builds relationships with unsheltered individuals in the community. Her passion for understanding health disparities also extends abroad. Nisha and her partner, a current UMass MD/PhD student, lead a research and capacity building collaborative between UMass and a healthcare facility in rural India with a focus on improving maternal-child health and reducing health inequities. Nisha is excited to be at UMass to train in pediatrics and participate in the global health track. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time outside. 



Robin Felker, Med/Peds PL-4

Robin grew up in eastern North Carolina before heading to UNC for undergraduate studies in chemistry. She then spent a year at the University of Cambridge, studying protein misfolding and amyloid formation for a master's degree. She returned to Chapel Hill for medical school, where she helped run the Bloomer Hill People's Clinic, a student-run primary care practice in rural Whitakers, North Carolina. She also had the opportunity to visit Central America and study Spanish, first in Nicaragua as part of a public health project on healthcare accessibility, and then in Costa Rica, where she got her scuba certification. Though Tarheel born and Tarheel bred, Robin is excited to be at UMass. Her medical interests include primary care, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and genetics. Outside the hospital, she loves music (especially musical theater), cooking, traveling, and all things beach-related.

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Angelica Garcia, PL-3

Angélica was born and raised in Puerto Rico, she became passionate about water polo at an early age, which led her to attend college at California State University Long Beach where she earned her major in Biology-Physiology with a minor in Chemistry. After college, she continued to play water polo internationally while working at the NIH doing a post-baccalaureate training in cancer research and the genetics institute doing genotype-phenotype correlation in pediatric patients with ARPKD among other things genetics related. While at the NIH, Angelica grew interested in community health projects and population health, which lead her to the Masters’ in Public Health program at Boston University. Although it was a rough winter experience at first, she loved the city and everything it has to offer (dining, sports, history, bars, etc). After 2 years in Boston she decided it was time to forget about winter for a bit and return to the island. Angélica returned home and attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, where she earned her MD before returning to Massachusetts 4 years later for more snow. Her career interests are in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine and Critical Care. In her spare time, she love to play sports like swimming, waterpolo, volleyball, surfing (not in MA) and learning to snowboard. She always tries to find time to travel and explore new places

Kayla Hartjes, PL1

Kayla grew up right outside of Boston in Everett, Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. After undergrad, Kayla went back to school and completed a two year masters program in Biomedical Sciences at Boston University. From BU, Kayla was admitted to UMASS medical school. Kayla’s endless love for travel brought her to to Belize, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic on various service trips. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys trying new restaurants, playing in the yard with her dog Brady (yes, named after Tom!) and going to Red Sox games (her favorite player is Ortiz). 

Cyndie Hatcher, PL-3

Cyndie Seraphin Hatcher is a native of South Florida, but has spent the last 6 years in New England. She is a recent graduate of Harvard Medical School and is currently a pediatric resident physician at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. During her time at Harvard, she also obtained a master’s in public health degree to understand how to improve the health of both patients and communities. Prior to medical school, she was a chemistry major at Duke University. While in NC, she spent every summer running a camp for the children of cancer patients.  In addition, as a first generation Haitian-American, she speaks fluent Haitian Creole. In her free time, she enjoys basking in the sunshine outdoors while reading and writing short stories. She is very interested in primary care and adolescent medicine.  

Kevin Jillson, Med/Peds PL-4

Kevin was born and raised in Massachusetts. Originally from Sandwich on Cape Cod, he came to Worcester for college and has stayed here ever since. After graduating from WPI with degrees in Biochemistry and Management, he earned his MD at UMass Medical School. He's been an avid runner since high school and, while in med school, ran as a sponsored athlete for the Saucony shoe company, with noteworthy performances at the Boston Marathon (46th place overall), the Philadelphia Marathon (15th overall in a time of 2:25) and the Hartford Marathon (4th place), as well as winning the Hyannis Half Marathon 3 years in a row. He has also worked as a cross country and track coach at WPI for several years. His career interests include Adolescent and Sports Medicine with goals to pursue a Sports Medicine fellowship after residency. In addition to running, his other interests include cooking, baking and creative writing.

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Jim Kennedy, PL-3

Jim Kennedy is originally from Peabody, Massachusetts. He went to undergraduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering.  He worked for Johnson &Johnson in their total hip and knee division for 13 years prior to deciding to pursue a career in medicine.  He completed his post-baccalaureate program at UMass Dartmouth and attended medical school at UMass Medical School. He is excited to begin his pediatric residency here at UMass.  He has not decided on a particular area of pediatrics to focus on as of yet.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.

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Emily Levoy, Med/Peds PL1

Emily grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and went to Brown University for undergrad. Between college and medical school, she spent a year teaching English in Thailand. She returned to Massachusetts to attend medical school at UMass and quickly had to readjust to the snow, but she absolutely loved her time in medical school and is very happy to be staying at UMass for residency. Emily is passionate about physician wellness and mindfulness, and she loves teaching. She is also interested in clinical hypnosis. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys playing volleyball and basketball (preferably outside), and spending time with friends and family.



Christopher Lops, Med/Peds PL-3

Chris was born and raised in San Diego. He decided to trade the sun for the snow and headed to Worcester for his undergraduate education where he attended the College of the Holy Cross and double-majored in Psychology and Theater.  Post-college, Chris returned to the west coast and completed a Master’s of Arts in Psychology.  Eventually, he moved back east, landing in Boston, where he completed his pre-med classes and worked at Boston Children’s Hospital managing research studies investigating adolescent risk behaviors and the effects of media on adolescent mental and physical health.  He earned his MD at Albany Medical College and is very excited to be returning to Worcester for residency.  While he is not sure what exactly he wants to do after residency, he is interested in chronic illness and pulmonology/critical care. Outside of the hospital, Chris enjoys hiking, snowboarding, cooking, and watching the Red Sox.

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Rachel Lundberg, PL-2

Rachel grew up in Farmington, MN and attended Evangel University in Springfield, MO for college. In undergrad, she joined her floor’s powder puff football team and participated in some medical mission trips to El Salvador and Niger. She headed back home for medical school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. There she became involved in research related to islet cell function in patients with chronic pancreatitis and predictors of islet yield in patients undergoing total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation for chronic pancreatitis. She is also a current board member for the Foundation for Childhood Pancreatitis and has been involved in the Christian Medical Dental Association. She is excited to be starting residency at UMass and have the opportunity to explore New England! In her free time, she loves running, snowboarding, trying new restaurants, and visiting her boyfriend and sister in New York City. 

Jill Lundstrom, PL1

Jill Lundstrom is a Worcester area native, having grown up in West Boylston and attended high school at St. Peter Marian. She went on to attend undergraduate at Boston University, where she studied Psychology and Biology. She also studied abroad with Semester at Sea, living aboard a ship for 4 months and developing a love of travel. She took two years off between undergraduate and medical school, during which time she participated in infectious disease research, worked in a children’s home in Thailand and honed her skills playing skills as a nanny for two amazing little girls. She returned to Boston University for medical school and is now thrilled to return home to for residency at UMASS. In her free time she loves water color painting, running, and cooking. 

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Natalya Maharaj, Med/Peds PL-2

Natalya was born in the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago and lived there until she immigrated to Miami with her family in 1999.  Despite spending her childhood in the tropics, she bravely tackled the New England weather as an undergraduate student at Wellesley College where she studied Biological Chemistry.  After graduation, Natalya continued to live in Massachusetts as she earned her Master of Public Health at Boston University and worked as a Research Assistant at the New England Primate Research Center.  She returned to Florida to attend medical school at University of Florida College of Medicine (Go Gators!), where she volunteered as a Community Outreach Coordinator for UF COM’s Equal Access Clinic. Natalya was impressed by the supportive environment that she observed at UMass as an extern during her 4th year and was excited to join the UMass med/peds community.  While her interests range from transitional care for patients with developmental disabilities to quality improvement and community outreach, she is excited to see what opportunities residency will present to her.  In her free time, Natalya enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Katherine Marino, PL-2

Kate was born in Worcester, at Memorial Hospital, while her father was a fellow at UMass.  She grew up in Methuen MA and Salem NH and went to Brooks School for high school, after which she embarked on a wandering path through higher education, heading to Yale for undergrad where she majored in Classical Civ..  She had planned on going into medicine but was seduced by the glamorous life of academia and instead bunked off to Brown where she earned a MA in Classical Languages and a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology.  During this time she spent her summers developing the perfect ice-cream sundae (coffee soft serve, butterscotch and heath bar) at an ice-cream shop she ran then owned in Seabrook NH until she left to dig in northern Portugal for 6 seasons.  While in grad school she realized that all of her research focused on ancient medicine and she did indeed still want to become a physician.  This revelation brought her back to Worcester, first for medical school and then for a year as an OB/Gyn resident, where she came full circle and delivered babies on the same floor where she was born.  Early on she realized that she wanted to care for the babies more than the moms, and her path to Pediatrics was made clear.  She is now thrilled to be a pediatric intern at UMass!  After residency she is considering a fellowship.  Her interests outside of medicine include spending time with friends and family, eating, hanging out in her back yard gardening with her Westie, Rupert, and cat, Esme, and reading YA and mystery novels.  She is also a devoted (and scary) Patriots fan! 

Megan McBurnie, PL1

Megan was born in Lexington, Kentucky, but was raised in Holden, Maine -  a small town in the central part of the state where moose frequently visit.  She attended the University of New England where she enjoyed living on a beach year round.  After graduation, she moved to Boston to take a job in a cognitive neurobiology lab working with rhesus macaques.  After 2 years, she decided to was time to head back to school.  She attended Tufts University School of Medicine as part of the Maine Track Program where she spent most of her clinical training in rural sites in the state of Maine.   Despite her love for Maine, the UMass Pediatrics program was the perfect fit for residency!  In her free time, Megan enjoys reading, hitting the beach, trivia, and discussing the finer points of the movie Frozen with small children. 

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Megan Menard, PL-3

Megan grew up locally in West Boylston before heading to Boston to get her bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University. She then returned to Worcester to attend UMass Medical School. At UMass she volunteered in the Hudson Free Clinic and the Mustard Seed Soup Kitchen. Megan loved UMass so much that she decided to stay on to continue her training here! Outside of the hospital Megan enjoys time with family, relaxing on the beach in Maine, baking, knitting, and cheering on the Patriots!


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Jessica Ngo, PL-2

Jessica is a proud native of Worcester – born and raised. She left Worcester for a short time but didn’t travel far for undergraduate and graduate school. At Boston University, she obtained her bachelors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and her masters in Biotechnology. She then worked for a few years in the Biopharmaceutical Industry before studying medicine at UMass. Jess is ecstatic that she is staying in Worcester – the heart of the commonwealth! She spends her free time being silly with her daughter, cooking, exploring New England, and traveling.

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Aleena Paul, Med/Peds PL-1

Aleena was born in the idyllic state of Kerala, India and moved to the heart of New York City with her family when she was six years of age. She then headed to the slower pace of upstate NY to attend Union College’s Leadership in Medicine Program, where she majored in Biology and Sociology. She obtained a MBA in Healthcare Management from Union Graduate College, and then earned her MD from Albany Medical College. During her medical school days, Aleena conducted quality improvement research on improving inpatient tobacco cessation services. She was an active member of the American Medical Women’s Association, and served as the NY/NJ student division regional director. Aleena is the proud founder of Pager Publications, Inc., a nonprofit literary organization that curates and supports peer-edited publications for the medical education community. She founded and served as editor-in-chief of in-Training, the online magazine for medical students, and recently published a print compendium of narrative essays entitled in-Training: Stories from Tomorrow’s Physicians. Aleena is excited to be crossing the border into MA and joining the UMass Med/Peds community for residency! She looks forward to furthering her interests in primary care delivery, medical education innovation, the medical humanities, and reflective writing.  Aleena enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, reading novels, trying new recipes, and working on developing her newest project: in-House, the online magazine for residents and fellows.

Jevon Plunkett-Rondeau, PL-3

Jevon was born and raised in Southern California. She went to college at WashU in St. Louis and studied biology and psychology. She stayed at WashU for graduate school, earning a PhD in human and statistical genetics for thesis work on genetic influences on prematurity. Desiring more clinical experience, she attended medical school at Stanford, where her focus shifted more towards general pediatrics and medical education. In medical school, she married a Central Mass native and developed a fondness for the Worcester area. Outside of medicine, she enjoys fiction reading, swimming, walking her border collie mix, spending time with family and painting. 


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Juliann Reardon, PL-2

Julie grew up in Uxbridge, Massachusetts and hasn't strayed far from Worcester County. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned degrees in Chemistry and Women's and Gender Studies. Julie made the long move down to Providence, RI after undergrad to attend Brown University and earn her MD, where she pursued a scholarly concentration in Medical Education and was inducted into AOA. She is very excited to be back home for her residency. On her days off, you'll likely find Julie running, waterskiing on Wallum Lake, hiking, or spending time with her husband (an Emergency Medicine resident).

Michelle Ro, PL-3

Michelle was born in Boston but raised in North Carolina, where she developed a love for sweet tea, sunshine, and cornbread. After high school, she decided to venture back up north to attend Wellesley College. At Wellesley, she majored in Neuroscience and was also involved in leading a service organization for disadvantaged children locally and abroad. Post-college, she worked briefly as a stylist, traveled to Cambodia for a service trip, and researched the effects of HIV on the brain at the University of North Carolina. She then remained at UNC for medical school, where she studied and ate a lot of BBQ. She also had the opportunity to go on a life changing medical service trip to the Himalayas. She is excited to now be back in the area again at UMass to train as a resident. Though she is leaning towards a career in primary care, she is open to the many possibilities.  In her spare time, she enjoys exploring foodie options (aka eating), taking photos, doing yoga, and playing the guitar. 

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John Ryan, PL1

John grew up in Gloucester, Massachusetts, a small fishing community on the north shore famous for its beaches, summer fiesta, and occasional opiate epidemics. He attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass where he majored in biochemistry and biology. It was here he discovered his future was in patient care and not thermodynamics. John left Massachusetts to attend medical school in New York City at Columbia University but was left unimpressed with big city life. John escaped New York to excitedly return to Massachusetts for his pediatric residency at UMass. John is a man of simple pleasures. He enjoys waking up early, eating eggs and toast, visiting his family and running. Back when John had a little bit more free time, he also enjoyed drawing, making history-themed board games and producing stop-motion animated movies. 


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Kathryn Salvatore, Med/Peds PL-2

Katie was a life-long Minnesotan before moving out to Massachusetts. She was born and raised in St. Paul and did her undergrad at the University of Minnesota where she studied Biology and Psychology. She also ran on the track and cross country teams during her undergrad with her favorite race being the mile. She continued at Minnesota for medical school. While Katie is never going to run around and desert her midwest roots, she is excited to become a true New Englander by catching plenty of Red Sox and Bruins games and working on her Boston accent during residency. In medicine, she is interested in primary care. Outside of medicine, you can find her running, biking, hiking, climbing or doing anything else outdoors! 

Kyle Schoppel, PL-4  Chief Resident

Kyle grew up in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. He started playing hockey at a young age, like all Canadians, and the sport eventually brought him to Amherst College, in Massachusetts. He graduated from Amherst College in 2008 with a degree in Psychology and completed his pre-medical requirements. For his senior honors thesis, he studied gender differences in autobiographical memory. After graduation, Kyle worked at Boston Children’s Hospital in a basic science laboratory studying the genetics of congenital myopathies. Kyle obtained his medical degree at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine and graduated in 2013. His wife is currently a surgical resident at Beth Isreal Deaconess. He is interested in pediatric emergency medicine and critical care.  He will be serving as Chief Resident during the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Ravi Shah, PL-2

Ravi was born and raised in New Jersey where he was a seven-year BS/MD student at The College of New Jersey and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He majored in biology and economics as an undergraduate student and discovered a deep seeded love for entrepreneurship, healthcare innovation, bhangra, and cereal with cold milk. Ravi had the good fortune of meeting great mentors and even better friends throughout college and medical school. He always wanted to be involved and served on many committees and organization boards during medical school. In pursuing his passions, Ravi had the pleasure of serving on AMA Medical Student Section National Governing Council as the At-Large Officer and co-founding the national Public Health Case Competition. He currently serves as Chairman at the Health Policy Fellowship Initiative and Editor at Ravi never wanted to make anyone cry and say goodbye, but he could not lie that it was time to take a hiatus from Jersey. He is very happy to be spending at least four years at UMass and looks forward to eventually living on a lake shore near campus.  In his spare time Ravi likes to play tennis and basketball, attempt to ignore his tone deafness, and most of all spend time with friends and family.

Janice Son, PL-3

Janice was born and raised in Virginia before she headed off to Baltimore to study Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. During her time at Hopkins, she became involved in glaucoma research specifically research involving the activity of glial cells in the optic nerve and retina in various glaucoma models. After graduation, she decided to continue her research and stayed in Baltimore for another year. She also had the amazing opportunity to work with an orphanage and sugar cane plantations throughout Haiti and the Dominican Republic for a medical mission trip during her gap year. She then moved back to Virginia and attended Eastern Virginia Medical School where she not only enjoyed her time learning medicine but also frequently took advantage of the close proximity to the beach! She is very excited to explore New England and to join the fantastic residents at UMass. Janice is considering both primary care or a subspecialty. Outside of medicine, she loves traveling and spending time with her family and friends while primarily engaging in activities related to food, be it cooking or trying new restaurants!  



Suzanne Sprague, Med/Peds PL-5  Chief Resident

Suzanne grew up just north of the Massachusetts border, in Durham, NH. She studied Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University then moved to New York City and worked in financial consulting. After a few years in finance, Suzanne decided to change her career path and pursue a medical degree. While taking night classes, Suzanne worked for Partners In Health and as an Early Intervention Preschool teacher in Boston. She then attended medical school at Tufts University. In medical school, Suzanne worked at The Sharewood Project, a free clinic in Malden, MA. She also established a program for medical students to mentor pregnant teens. She is excited to continue to work with adolescents and patients of all ages in her med/peds training. Suzanne lives in North Smithfield, RI with her husband and dog, Fenway Parker. She will be serving as Chief Resident during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Apurva Subbaswamy, Med/Peds PL -3

Apurva grew up in Kentucky, Florida and Indiana before attending Grinnell College in Iowa where she double majored in Biochemistry and French. She then moved back to the “Horse-capital of the world” and the home of true college basketball royalty—Lexington, Kentucky—for medical school at the University of Kentucky (Go Cats!). During this time she participated in Jumpin’  Jaguars (an afterschool fitness program for underprivileged kids) and Student Outreach Services (a mentorship program for incoming medical school classes). Though she considers herself partly a Southerner (you may even hear her drop a “y’all” every now and then), she is excited to begin her Med-Peds journey at UMass. She intends to go into primary care after residency and hopes to dabble in teaching as well. Outside of the hospital, she is highly obsessed with her four-legged “child” named Tulip who happens to be the bossiest miniature beagle you’ll ever meet. Apurva’s non-canine interests include watching television, riding horses, trying new restaurants and of course cheering on the UK Wildcats from afar.

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Matthew Wiese, PL-2

Matt is a Syracuse native, who first ventured to Worcester for college, where he went to Holy Cross.  As a history major, he was allowed to leave the science library long enough to venture to Ireland for a year abroad.   Once there, he joined the basketball team and became a “collegiate athlete”.  His senior year plans to attend veterinary school were derailed by an internship with the developmental and behavioral pediatricians at UMass.  With pediatrics now in his future, he went down to Baltimore to teach at Cristo Rey Jesuit high school, where it was felt that his history degree could best be put to use by having him teach freshman algebra.  He was bribed back to Syracuse for med school at SUNY Upstate by the promise of a dog (Tasker), home cooking, a magic fridge, and a laundry fairy.  Four years later, he took the familiar trip down I-90 back to Worcester, this time bringing his fiancé (an Ob/Gyn resident) with him (she interviewed on a perfect fall day in November and he swore to her that the weather in Worcester was always that nice).   Matt was promised that Pediatrics would involve only Disney movie marathons, all you can eat ice cream, and lots of legos.  Turns out he was lied to, but the people at UMass were all really nice, so he decided to stay until he can fulfill his dream of becoming a paid, full-time inhabitant of Disney World.  His medical interests include Heme/Onc, Emergency Medicine, and Pediatrics in Review.



Andrew Willment, Med/Peds PL-4

Andrew grew up in western Pennsylvania, where he completed his degree in Natural Sciences at University of Pittsburgh. He then went to Washington DC and the National Institutes of Health for two years spending his time working in lab doing Autism research. While at the NIH, Andrew decided he wanted to become an doctor and after some time at Tufts in Boston, he went south to Emory in Atlanta for medical school. Emory was a great experience helping Andrew decide to pursue Med/Peds. When he's not working Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife, friends, playing ultimate frisbee, biking and woodworking. Andrew isn't sure what he wants to do after residency but is looking forward to seeing where residency takes him.

Darcy Wolcott  
Darcy Wolcott, PL-1

Darcy grew up in Concord, New Hampshire (Live Free or Die) but has spent many years living in the Worcester area.  She spent the crucial years between ages 2-6 living in Holden while her father completed his medical residency and then returned to attend the College of the Holy Cross where she was a starter and captain of the women’s lacrosse team that made two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division I Sweet Sixteen tournament.  She graduated from HC in 2007 with a BA in Spanish and a premedicine concentration.  After college, Darcy joined Teach For America and moved to Chicago where she spent 4 years teaching high school chemistry and health science while earning her Masters of Arts in Teaching.  While she loves the city of Chicago, she returned to the northeast to attend medical school at the University of New England in Maine, where she spent an extra year completing a teaching fellowship in anatomy and osteopathic manipulation.  During medical school she was able to spend a month living and working at a hospital in Zumbahua, Ecuador, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with Spanish-speaking patients while at UMass.  She is excited to return to the Worcester area but will miss the incredible seafood, beaches, and ocean breeze in Maine.  When she is not in the hospital Darcy tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible, whether it be hiking, downhill or cross-country skiing, running, or playing soccer/lacrosse/golf, but she also enjoys cooking/baking, arts and crafts, and exploring the local hot spots.

Katie Yanagisawa  
Katherine Yanagisawa, PL1

Katie grew up in Woodbridge, CT, and went to Yale University, where she played varsity softball and received her Bachelor of Science in psychology. She spent a year traveling the country and working as a research associate for multiple studies in the Yale New Haven Hospital Emergency Department. She then attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was involved in student government, many volunteer and community outreach programs, and was the captain of 22 intramural sports teams. She is excited to have successfully couples matched to UMass with her boyfriend, Ben Slocum, a current family medicine resident. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing all sports, traveling, home brewing, and basically anything outdoors.

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