|Lauren Andrade, PGY-1|
Lauren grew up in Mendon, MA and attended Holy Cross in Worcester, MA for her undergraduate degree. While at Holy Cross she majored in Biology and was the captain of the field hockey team during her senior year. Having grown fond of Worcester, Lauren stayed there for both medical school and residency at UMass. She is considering both primary care and subspecialty training after residency. Outside of medicine, Lauren loves sports, cooking, hiking, movies, skiing, and spending time with her friends and family.
Katherine Baldwin, PGY-3
Katherine grew up in Boston and left Red Sox Nation briefly to attend college at Cornell University in upstate New York. While there she majored in English and developed an even stronger dislike of both the Yankees and turn signals. She took a year off after college to work at an fMRI lab at McLean Hospital where she studied normal childhood brain development and bipolar disorder. While attending UMass Medical School she traveled to Malawi to work with Baylor University's Pediatric HIV Corps. Katherine loved UMass so much that she managed to talk her husband into continuing the Worcester-Boston commute so that she could stay here for the wonderful Med/Peds residency! She is especially interested in Gastroenterology, specifically IBD, and hopes to pursue a combined fellowship after graduation from residency.
Stacey Beberman, PGY-4
Stacey grew up in Worcester, MA. She left to attend Connecticut College as an undergraduate and then worked in Washington DC doing breast cancer reseach at the NIH. She returned to Worcester to attend medical school at UMass, and decided to stay at UMass for residency. During medical school, Stacey performed healthg policy reseach on student health insurance plans in Massachusetts, volunteered in a free clinic and actively participated in the Massachusetts Medical Society student section. Stacey plans to practice primary care in Massachusetts after residency. When she is not in the hospital, Stacey likes to read, make jewlery, and cook, especially desserts.
Christine Bielick, PGY-4
Chris spent much of her childhood in Wisconsin, but left shortly after receiving her BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to matriculating at medical school, she spent a year in California taking care of her grandfather, which helped confirm her desire to care for critically ill patients. While attending Tufts University School of Medicine, she spent a summer studying the impact if HIV on children in rural India, and trained for and completed the 2007 Boston Marathon. Since moving to the New England area, she has enjoyed all of the hiking opprotunities the region offers, as well as rooting for her beloved Packers, Cubs, and Badgers teams.
Anna Bingham, PGY-1
Anna grew up in Berkshire County or, as she likes to think of it, the western frontier of Massachusetts. After a bucolic childhood she decided to take on the challenge of Beantown where she attended Harvard University, majoring in History of Science. At Harvard, she tutored immigrant children in Dorchester. With four years of the city life under her belt, she found herself hankering for a new kind of adventure--so she set off for Hickory Flat, Mississippi (population: 500) to find herself and also volunteer at a rural health clinic. In addition to learning about the joys and challenges of primary care, she learned a lot about fried catfish, hush puppies, beagle puppies, and the importance of college football. Her interest in medicine confirmed, she returned to Massachusetts and worked as an EMT while applying to medical school. At UMass Medical School she was involved in the Christian Medical and Dental Association and spent her free time hiking and playing ultimate frisbee. She feels very lucky to be staying at UMass for residency where she hopes to continue to explore the many facets of primary care.
|Minakshi Biswas, PGY-1|
Minakshi grew up along the East Coast, but spent most of her adult life in Massachusetts. She studied bioinformatics at Wellesley College, where she was also the musical director of an a cappella group. After college, she worked at a pharmaceutical company developing “armed” anti-cancer monoclonal antibody therapeutics. During medical school at UMass, Minakshi traveled to Guatemala, where she worked to provide healthcare for underserved women and children in remote mountain villages. Her love for singing reached a high when she was invited to sing the US and Canadian national anthems at a Red Sox game! Outside of medicine, Minakshi enjoys spending time with her husband, singing, traveling, and experiencing new cuisines. While interested in a career in primary care, she is excited to see where the world of Med-Peds takes her.
Salmaan Jawaid, PGY-2
Salmaan grew up in Houston, TX where he completed his Biology degree at the University of Houston. During this time he performed research on glucose control in Ghrelin receptor deficient mice at Baylor College of Medicine, while also volunteering as an EMT at various locations. He then moved to West Virginia to attend medical school at Marshall University, where he also studied the relationship between obesity and CA-MRSA infections in children. Continuing his exciting journey from the south to the north, Salmaan then decided to pursue a Med-Peds residency at UMass, where he could fully exercise his passion for teaching. He loves spending time with his wife and enjoys watching and playing all kinds of sports. Although he’s a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, the Red Sox are still his favorite team and he’s excited to see them firsthand at Fenway Park.
|Lana Kieras, PGY-2|
Lana grew up in nearby Holden, MA and completed her undergraduate education at Holy Cross. At Holy Cross she pursued her interests in both science and international cultures and majored in biology and Germany. Prior to starting medical school, Lana worked at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center in Providence, RI on two behavioral research studies on childhood obesity. Lana then returned to Worcester to attend medical school where she continued to pursue her interest in different cultures and underserved populations. She traveled to Tanzania, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador as part of her medical education. She also served as a volunteer coordinator at a free medical clinic. She is very excited to be staying at UMass for med/peds residency and hopes to continue working with international and underserved populations.
Jay Lawrence, PGY-3, Chief Resident
Jay grew up in Massachusetts and studied psychology and film as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst. Before starting medical school at UMass, Jay worked with adults with developmental disabilities in San Francisco, managed business development and advertising sales for television production companies in New York City, learned Spanish in Central America, wrote for a newspaper in his hometown of New Bedford, MA and worked in neurocognitive research at Brown University. He had a great experience as a medical student at UMass and was active in public health education, health policy, and international medicine, completing electives in the Dominican Republic and Cambodia. It was in the DR where he got to know his classmate and now wife and co-resident, Stephanie. Jay remains a fan of film and television, plays guitar, travels as often as possible, and loves spending time with family and friends.
|Stephanie Lawrence, PGY-3|
Stephanie grew up in the Worcester area and went to Tufts University for college. She studied bio-psychology and was on the cross country and swim teams. She stayed in Boston after graduation and worked at Children’s Hospital studying iron metabolism. She returned home for medical school and loved her four years at UMass. She was involved in international work, youth mentoring, and health education. Stephanie is excited to be staying on at UMass with her husband, Jay, and ultimately hopes to practice primary care. When she’s not working, she enjoys family, friends, running, swimming, yoga, and travel.
|Heather Mane, PGY-3|
A Massachusetts native, Heather grew up in Haverhill and attended UMass Amherst for her undergraduate years, spending a semester abroad in Brisbane, Australia. She stayed nearby to attend medical school at UMass in Worcester. During her medical school career, Heather continued to travel, spending a month in Costa Rica for a Spanish language immersion and a month in India as part of a rabies virus antibody trial. In her free time, she also enjoys spending time with her new husband, reading, and running, having recently completed both the Disney World and Hartford Marathons. Heather's career interests include endocrinology and primary care. She is excited to be joining the Med/Peds program at UMass.
| ||Mike Mazzotta, PGY-4|
Mike grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and attended Middlebury College in Vermont. At Middlebury, he filled his time studying chemisty and running on the cross country and track teams. Mike then followed his wife to Missoula, Montana where he worked inj a microbiology lab studying Lyme disease. Mike returned home for four great years at UMass Medical School and is excited to join the Med/Peds residency program. He plans to pursue a career in primary care taking care of both children and adults. Mike loves to spend time with his wife, run, play sorts and explore the outdoors.
|Brian Schneider, PGY-2|
A native of New England, Brian grew up in Maine where he developed a passion for the outdoors that persists to this day. He pursued a degree in biology from Brown, while also doing research on neurodegenerative disorders and coordinating a group that taught swimming lessons to children with asthma. Between college and medical school, he spent a year working as a phlebotomist at a small hospital in Maine, then a little further away at a larger hospital out in Oregon, before taking time to travel across the country. While attending medical school at the University at Buffalo, Brian was president of his school's AMA, spent a summer doing pediatric research in Vermont, and ran over 50 road and trail races. Brian is strongly thinking about primary care after residency. When not in the hospital or running, he enjoys being with family and friends, cycling, hiking, snowboarding and sailing.
|Carla Schwartz, PGY-2|
Carla was born and raised in Rochester, NY. A lifelong upstate New Yorker, she attended Cornell University, where she majored in Human Biology, Health and Society, and earned her medical degree from SUNY Upstate. While an undergraduate, Carla spent a semester abroad learning Spanish in Seville, which she later put to good use, spending a month in Guatemala with a traveling medical clinic and seeing patients in Syracuse, NY at her medical school's migrant clinic. After residency Carla is planning to practice primary care. In her free time Carla enjoys tennis, piano, and cooking, but mostly spending time with family and friends.
| ||Suzanne Sprague, PGY-1|
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.
| ||Stephen Weinberger, PGY-4|
Stephen is a New Yorker, but is excited to make the transition to Massachusetts life. Raised in Westchester County, NY, he attended SUNY Binghamton and earned a double major in Biology and English. He was active in Habitat for Humanity during college and captures mosquitoes wihle doing West Nile Virus field research. Between college and medical school he worked on community outreach programs as an Americorps VISTA member at a health center in Mount Vernon, NY. Stephen attended medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse where he pursued his interest in international medicine while working at a clinic in the Peruvian Andes and also raised funds and awareness for international medical organizations on the Ride for World Health, a cycling trip across the United States. He enjoys running, cycling, backpacking, and specning time with his finacee. He plans to pursue a career in primary care or infectious disease.