Katherine Adams, PL-3

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.

Kirsti Buchholz, PL-2

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-3

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!

   Sheyla Candido  
Sheyla Candido, Med/Peds PL-1 

Sheyla grew up in Newton, MA and attended MCPHS for undergrad.  After college, she spent a year at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a research technician.  She then attended Rutgers Medical School where she met great mentors who introduced her to Med-Peds. She realized she loved both fields, met the most amazing inspiring people in the Med-Peds community, and decided it was the right field for her! Sheyla is passionate about helping the underserved and was very involved in community service throughout medical school. She worked mostly with the Latino and Hispanic community, as she is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in Spanish.  While Sheyla was heartbroken to move away from her med school friends, she wanted to come back home for residency, and is beyond excited to be back in MA to be a part of the Med-Peds family at UMass! She hopes to continue working with underserved communities and when she grows up wants to be a Med-Peds hospitalist. Also, while not working Sheyla enjoys cooking, being outdoors, hiking, playing with her dog Charlie, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends!

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Cindy Chen, Med/Peds PL-3

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-4

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-4

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, Chief Resident

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.

 Tracey DaFonte  
Tracey DaFonte, PL-1

Tracey grew up in Norwood, Massachusetts and then double majored in biology and environmental studies at Tufts University.  She then went on to work for a few years at the Tufts University medical school performing research on obesity and diabetes in relation to the chemical BPA. While there, she also volunteered at a clinic that provided free health care in Malden, MA. She left Massachusetts for a brief period and was lucky enough to complete medical school at the University of Vermont.  She is very happy to be at UMass and back in her home state of Massachusetts. She also speaks Portuguese and Spanish and is hoping to use this to connect to some of her patients. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys traveling,  trying new restaurants, cheering on the Patriots, volleyball, soccer, and spending as much time outdoors as possible (hiking, running, paddle boarding, skiing, snowshoeing, and going to the lake or beach)!


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Katharine Davidoff, PL-3

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?). 

Charlotte Delaney  
Charlotte Delaney, Med/Peds PL-2

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.

 Christopher Driscoll  
Christopher Driscoll, Med/Peds PL-1

Chris grew up in upstate New York, just outside of Albany, as the oldest of three brothers, though only by twenty-seven minutes. Influenced by the wisdom of his parents, who were both native New Englanders, he developed a love for the Red Sox and Bruins. Chris attended college at the University of Rochester, where he studied math and participated in the school’s Take 5 scholars program, spending an extra year studying economics. Towards the end of his college years, he became involved with the Double H Ranch, a year round residential camp founded by Paul Newman, which serves children with serious medical conditions. There, he was a residential camp counselor and an adaptive ski instructor. Chris went on to study medicine at the University at Buffalo, where he developed a true affection for the cold, cold winters and overwhelming amount of snow. In his spare time, he enjoys being with close friends, board games, card games, hiking and golfing. And though not what anyone would consider a particularly talented skater, he does love to play hockey, too.

Nisha Fahey, PL-2

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. 

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Casey Fein, PL-1

Casey grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, a small city in the midst of rural upstate New York, where he met his future wife Sari during a drama club production of Fiddler on the Roof. He had his first foray as a Massachusetts resident when he came to Boston for undergrad at Tufts University, where he majored in Applied Physics and minored in Music during the school year, and was the lead singer of a punk/ska band during the summers. He deserted New England temporarily in exchange for a closet-sized apartment in the Lower East Side of Manhattan with Sari and their kitten Satchmo. While in New York he worked as an academic tutor for high school and college students, and completed his pre-med requirements as a post-bacc student at Hunter College. After three years in New York, he returned to Boston for medical school at Boston University, where he was involved in BUDS, a program which paired medical students with adolescents and young adults with Down Syndrome, and Doctor's Notes, the student a capella group. He is very excited to be starting his pediatric training here at UMass. He is especially interested in primary care, and in particular caring for children with developmental disabilities. When he is not at UMass, he can be found in Newton with his wife Sari, cat Satchmo, and daughter Mira.

Kayla Hartjes, PL-2

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). 

 Sharmila Jai Kumar  
Sharmila Jai Kumar, PL-1

Sharmila (Lucky Sharms) was born in Bangalore, India and moved to the beautiful state of Massachusetts with her family when she was 2 years old. Growing up in the small town of Hopedale, she developed an affinity for animals while working at Southwick’s Zoo and attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (which is totally “gorges”) intending to become a veterinarian. While at Cornell, Sharmila realized how much she enjoyed travelling and caring for children when she participated in global health initiatives in India and Africa, and decided to switch her career path to pursue human medicine. She attended Quinnipiac University’s Netter School of Medicine as a member of the inaugural class, and participated in scholarly activities in the Himalayas and Haiti that focused on improving access to healthcare for children and teenagers. Despite having a chance to travel all over the world, Sharmila missed the idyllic New England lifestyle and is so thrilled to be back home attending UMass for pediatric residency. She is excited to pursue her interests in critical care medicine and international health. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on her beloved Boston sports teams, being outside (hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, tennis, snowshoeing, you name it!), reading, spending time with her family, and visiting all the delicious restaurants in the area. 

 Jeannine Jeha  
Jeannine Jeha, Med/Peds PL-1

Jeannine is a lifelong New Englander from Rhode Island. She attended college at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, studying Health Sciences. Throughout her undergraduate career, Jeannine volunteered for Peer Health Exchange, a non-profit program that trains college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in underserved high schools. She continued at Northeastern University to pursue her master’s degree in Public Health, while simultaneously working as a high school health teacher. Teaching fueled Jeannine’s love of public health and a personal mission of promoting the need for health education as a means of primary prevention.  For medical school, Jeannine travelled north to attend the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in the lovely state of Maine.  Jeannine is thrilled to return to Massachusetts to train at UMass for Med/Peds. Beyond medicine, Jeannine enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and family. Her interests include snuggling with her dogs, gardening, hiking, rock climbing, yoga, practicing the harmonica, and refurbishing antique furniture.

 Jay Kachoria  
Jay Kachoria, Med/Peds PL-1

Jay is originally from The Mitten (Michigan) and loves all things Michigan! He attended the University of Michigan for undergrad where he majored in Neuroscience and competed on a collegiate Indian dance team. Following undergrad, he moved back home to go to Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine for medical school. At OUWB, he discovered his passion for teaching as well as for caring for adults and kids. Jay is incredibly excited to start at UMass because of their emphasis on education and Med/Peds in the community. He’s a recent newlywed and lives in Shrewsbury with his wife, Aparna. He loves playing and teaching boardgames, exploring the outdoors, and drinking great local beer. 

 Emily Levoy  
Emily Levoy, Med/Peds PL-2

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-4

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.

Jill Lundstrom, PL-2

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-3

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-3

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! 

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Ann-Britt Martins, PL-1

Ann-Britt was born and raised in Germany in a small town close to Frankfurt. For medical school she attended the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany. During medical school Ann-Britt very much enjoyed traveling to different countries and getting to know different cultures. Brazil was especially interesting. She worked in different medical environments, including with a midwife in one of Sao Paulo’s slums, and in urban and university hospitals. Right after medical school Ann-Britt started pediatric residency in a pediatric teaching hospital in Wilhelmshaven. She has completed 6 years of pediatric residency in Brandenburg and is board certified. In 2009 she decided to follow her husband to the US. Ann-Britt completed her PhD on pain measurement and management in pediatric oncology. During her time in US she moved from Boston to New York and finally came to the Worcester area 3 years ago. This is where she now lives with her 6 year old daughter and her husband.  Ann-Britt is very excited to return to the pediatric medical field and be able to take care of her little patients again. In her free time, Ann-Britt enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, biking and hiking. Living on Lake Quinsigamond she found her new passion to water related sports, swimming and kayaking in the summer and ice skating in the winter.

Megan McBurnie, PL-2

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. 

Resident Megan Menard  
Megan Menard, Chief Resident

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-3

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.

 Aleena Paul  
Aleena Paul, Med/Peds PL-2

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.

 Michael Ratti  
Michael Ratti, PL-1

Michael was born, raised, and educated in the buckeye state, Ohio.  He went to The Ohio State University to study Biomedical Science as an undergrad then continued into the college of medicine where he was fortunate enough to have met his wife, Kashi.  Over the years he has been a Camp Kesem counselor, Special Olympics coach, and a diehard superhero-movie fan.  Pediatrics was the obvious choice of specialty for Michael because of his desire to create long term relationships with patients and to act as an advocate.  He and his wife moved to Newton, MA with their devious, yet handsome, cat Wally and have been settling in nicely.  His interests now lie in pursuing his passion for treating children, exploring New England, and eating a lot of seafood. 


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Juliann Reardon, PL-3

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).

 Kristen Richard  
Kristen Richard, PL-1

Kristen is a Worcester native! She was born right here at UMass alongside her twin sister, Lindsey. She grew up in Leominster, MA, about 25 minutes down the road. She completed her undergraduate career at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Kinesiology and conducted research in collaboration with Baystate Medical Center. She went on to complete her medical degree here at UMass Medical.  During medical school, she spent a summer working locally at Duffy Health Center in Cape Cod, assisting in providing primary care medical services to the homeless, and traveled internationally to the Dominican Republic as a member of a UMMS student medical service trip. Outside of hospital life, she enjoys running, hiking, summer games on the beach (especially with her twin sis on the Cape!) and all ice cream flavors. A local to the area, please ask her about new fun things to try around here! 

 John Ryan  
John Ryan, PL-2

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-3

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! 

 Emily Sangillo  
Emily Sangillo, PL-1

Emily was born and raised in Portland, Maine. She attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she got her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering. After college, she worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb for 5 years, before deciding that medicine was her true passion. She attended Tufts University School of Medicine as part of the Maine Track program, which enabled her to return to her home state for clinical training. Emily is thrilled to spend the next three years at UMass! She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, puzzles of all kinds, and board games. 

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Ravi Shah, PL-3

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.

 Shalini Shah  
Shalini Shah, PL-1

Shalini was born and raised in Coventry, RI with the beach, Del's Lemonade, and the big blue bug all just a hop, skip, and a jump away. She moved to Massachusetts with her family just prior to beginning her undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she studied biology. There she became passionate about public health, climate change, medicine, and hockey (go Riverhawks!). She was part of a group who spearheaded the university’s first ever Relay for Life and participated in neurobiology research, child advocacy projects in Massachusetts, and studied integrative medicine and cultural competency in healthcare models for her Honors' thesis. She spent the semester prior to medical school working as a pharmacy technician and spent an extended time in Dakor, India visiting her grandmother. She then attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she volunteered at the local elementary school and free clinic, and fell in love with the beauty and people of coastal Maine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking, travel, visiting the beach, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to return back to the UMass system and find her path within pediatrics!

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Rachel Singh, PL-3

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. 

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Matthew Wiese, PL-3

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.

Darcy Wolcott  
Darcy Wolcott, PL-2

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, PL-2

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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