|Lauren Andrade, PGY-2|
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-4
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 will be entering a pediatric GI fellowship at MGH upon graduating from residency.
Adam Beitscher, PGY-1
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.
Anna Bingham, PGY-2
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 hopes to continue to explore the many facets of primary care during her residency training.
|Minakshi Biswas, PGY-2|
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.
Robin Felker, PGY-1
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.
Salmaan Jawaid, PGY-3
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.
|Kevin Jillson, PGY-1|
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.
|Lana Kieras, PGY-3|
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 hopes to continue working with international and underserved populations.
Jay Lawrence, PGY-4, 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-4|
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-4|
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.
|Brian Schneider, PGY-3|
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-3|
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-2|
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.
| ||Andrew Willment, PGY-1|
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.