Lauren Andrade, Med/Peds PL-3

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.

Maryam Ali, PL-2

Maryam grew up in Taiwan, the Philippines and her native Pakistan before moving to the US for college. She attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Ma where she designed her own major in the biological sciences and did thesis research in the field of immunology to develop chimeric mice-human antibodies against Staph Enterototix B. After college she moved to Boston to work at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where she conducted research on developing antibodies against the avian influenza virus, the SARS virus and certain markers on cutaneous lymphoma cells. Following this, Maryam attended Dartmouth Medical School where she had fun studying medicine and exploring the great outdoors. Maryam is interested in specializing in some field of Pediatric medicine with interests in neonatology and GI. In her free time, Maryam enjoys traveling, reading, exploring the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.



Adam Beitscher, Med/Peds PL-2

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, Med/Peds PL-3

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, Med/Peds PL-3

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.

William Bortcosh, Chief Resident

Bill was born and raised in Massachusetts. He attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he earned his major in Psychology. After college, he took a year off and became certified as a personal trainer. He then went to Albany Medical College, where he earned his MD. Bill has done a bunch of research on aflatoxin, a potent liver carcinogen, and its effects on the progression of the cell cycle in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. He also has worked with several community outreach programs throughout his career as a student, and he hopes to continue to do so. Bill enjoys reading, sports, video games, and spending time with his large and local family. His career interests include Heme/Onc, Critical Care, GI, Cardiology, and indecisivology. 


Resident Emily Chen

Emily Chen, Med/Peds PL-1

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-1

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-1

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.



Karen Cotting, PL-3

Karen is a UMass “lifer.” Born in Lexington, MA on Patriot’s Day no less, Karen has appropriately always rooted for the Minutemen, from her time at Lexington High to college at UMass Amherst. So it’s no surprise that Karen chose to study medicine at UMass. But don’t be fooled by her loyalty to her home state. Karen is an experienced traveler, having been to many countries: Costa Rica, Belize, Turkey, Malta, and Poland, to name a few. In medical school, she did work in Dominican Republic and Malawi. Before making her way to medical school, Karen studied primate behavior and cognition in college, and then became a veterinary assistant and monkey trainer for Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled. From there, she broadened her animal work at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Finally, she answered her calling back to Academia and spent three years working in research at a neurosurgery lab at Mass General Hospital. There, she realized that her experiences in science and behavior as well as her own personal journey as a pediatric patient with chronic illness pointed her straight to a career in Pediatrics. Outside of the hospital, she loves spending time with her husband and their dog, running, and reading on the beaches of Maine.



Maya Dor, PL-3

Maya is excited to return to Massachusetts after attending medical school in Maine. She grew up in Newton, MA and studied biology as an undergraduate at Brandeis University. During college she worked in different laboratories and enjoyed teaching art class at a local Hebrew School. After college, Maya spent the summer in Israel volunteering for Save A Child’s Heart, an NGO which provides sick children from developing countries with life-saving heart surgeries and other treatments not accessible in their native countries. After that summer, Maya knew that taking care of kids would be part of her job description someday! Prior to med school she spent two years researching smooth muscle physiology and the causes of preterm labor at Beth Israel in Boston. She attended medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine, where she volunteered at the local free clinic, helped organize a medical brigade to Peru, and learned many tactics to avoid shoveling snow. Now-a-days she enjoys spending a few minutes a day with her new husband (a medicine resident at UMass), cooking, playing tennis and escaping to the cape whenever she can.


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Leah Evans Wong, PL-2

Leah grew up in a small town in Maine and went to Stanford for undergrad. While there she spent time in Mexico and Spain. She received her master’s in education at UC Berkeley and was a middle and high school English teacher, including teaching for a year in Thailand, before going back to school for premed. She moved with her now husband back east for medical school at BU. During med school she had twin boys and got married, in that order. She is interested in primary care, though still open other possibilities. She is delighted to report that it is possible to bike commute in Worcester.



Ashley Farrington, PL-2

Ashley grew up in Holliston, MA and first got to know Worcester when she went to high school in the city. She gave the midwest a go when she attended Notre Dame, studying pre-med with a minor in International Peace Studies, but missed New England. She returned home to attend UMass Medical School, where she was in the pathways for Serving International and Underserved Populations and was able to travel to Argentina for a summer, the DR for a medical trip with UMass, and Ireland for a NICU rotation. She has been a vegetarian for 10 years and can recommend some great vegetarian friendly restaurants in Worcester. She loves to travel and is always planning her next trip.



Robin Felker, Med/Peds PL-2

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.

 Resident Angelica Garcia  
Angelica Garcia, PL-1

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

Cyndie Hatcher, PL-1

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.  



Ariel Hoch, PL-3

Ariel was born and raised in Westwood, MA with her two sisters. After graduating high school, Ariel moved to New York City, where she attended Columbia University for college. Prior to starting medical school at A.T. Still University, she worked in clinical research in Dermatology at the Columbia University Medical Center, while also getting her Master's in Public Health at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. It was through her MPH program, her experience in clinical research, and summer that she spent in Honduras working on a water purification project, that Ariel knew she would pursue a career in medicine. Although she lived in NYC for many years, Ariel has stuck to her Boston roots, and remains a huge Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics fan. In her free time, Ariel enjoys spending time with friends and family, visiting Cape Cod, and traveling.



Salmaan Jawaid, Med/Peds PL-4

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, Med/Peds PL-2

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.

Mandy Johnson, PL-3

Mandy grew up in Norwood, MA, studying and performing with Boston Ballet. She completed her undergraduate education at Boston College, where she majored in English and Psychology. Prior to starting medical school, Mandy worked as Marketing Manager for a technology-based start-up and then as a research assistant at the Joslin Diabetes Center. She attended UMass Medical School where she became a member of AOA. During medical school she continued to pursue clinical research interests through the Clinical Translational Research Pathway and also worked with the Department of Pediatric Cardiology to help formalize outreach efforts and support services for patient families. She is currently interested in critical care pediatrics.  In her free time, Mandy spends every available moment with her amazing husband and incredible little boys. She will be serving as Chief Resident during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Resident Jim Kennedy  
Jim Kennedy, PL-1

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.

Anna Krylova, PL-2

Anna grew up in Alberta, Canada, with her teen years disrupted by a move to Toronto, Ontario. She attended York University as an undergraduate, studying Biology, and spent a year as a visiting student at Oxford University, in Biochemistry. There, she tried her hand at acting, rowing and pub-crawling. She decided to stay in her hometown and attend medical school at University of Toronto, enjoying the perks of free lodging with her family. Anna made the bold leap across the border to join her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was ecstatic on becoming part of the UMass residency program and is considering both subspecialty training and primary care. In her spare time, she enjoys running, biking, reading and quality time with family.

Stanley Lau, PL-2

Stan grew up in Quincy, MA and completed his undergraduate education at Boston University, where he was a gunner and majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as Psychology, and then tacking on a minor in Public Health. After mellowing out, he took a year off from paying for his education and worked as a research assistant in a immunology lab studying autoimmune myocarditis. He then returned to Boston University for medical school where he developed his interest in pediatrics and his love of talking to kids about their dietary and bowel habits. Outside of medicine, he describes himself as a “true fatty” and enjoys cooking and eating out way too much. He also loves traveling to all corners of the world to explore and stuff his face and occasionally finds time to blog about his PO intake.



Christopher Lops, Med/Peds PL-1

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.

Resident Megan Menard  
Megan Menard, PL-1

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!



Lindsay Oliver, Chief Resident

Lindsay was born and raised in Worcester, but after graduating from South High she left the city behind for the rural charm of Vermont. She attended Middlebury College, where she studied neuroscience and played trumpet in the orchestra. After staying up north for medical school at UVM, she is excited to be back home in Worcester for residency. Outside of medicine, Lindsay’s greatest passion is sports, as she is an avid fan of all of the major Boston and local sports teams. She has a particular soft spot for ice hockey, and is disappointed that her lack of skating skills kept her from pursing her dream of being a professional goalie. She also enjoys camping, playing board games, amateur meteorology, and spending time with her family and friends. Lindsay plans to remain in New England after residency to pursue a career in primary care.  

Jevon Plunkett-Rondeau, PL-1

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. 



Alex Procaskey, PL-3

Alex was born and raised in Michigan, where he attended the University of Michigan for undergrad. He studied Cellular and Molecular Biology as well as Medical Anthropolgy. He is a life-long Wolverine fan, and absolutely loves watching Michigan football. Upon graduation Alex decided to leave the Great Lake State and travel to the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia for Medical School. Here, he studied at Drexel and had a great time at all the fantastic restaurants in Philadelphia (but refused to eat cheesesteaks with cheese wiz because that's just strange). While at medical school Alex helped to found the Drexel Oral Health Initiative, a brand new program designed to improve the awareness of oral pathology amongst future physicians as well as improve access to oral healthcare for underserved populations. Alex is incredibly excited to be in Massachusetts and can't wait to explore all the outdoor activities like rock climbing and sailing and is especially excited about being so close to the ocean.

Brooke Redmond, PL-2

Brooke is excited to be back in Massachusetts for residency. Her family lives in Brewster, MA, and she considers Cape Cod home. She graduated from Amherst College with degrees in geology and religion. Having discovered a passion for teaching as an undergrad during two summers as an instructor in Western China, following college she relocated to Washington, DC to teach science at an inner city public high school. She later completed her pre-med requirements through the Tufts post-baccalaureate program and did clinical research in oncology at MGH before medical school. She graduated from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons where she was elected into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She stayed active as a spin instructor and personal trainer at several NYC gyms and raced in triathlons and a marathon. In the months leading up to residency she served as the pediatric curriculum coordinator for the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State. Outside of medicine, she loves spending time with her husband and their adopted kittens.



Tara Richardson, PL-3

Tara was born and raised in Worcester, MA. She went to the College of the Holy Cross as an undergraduate and then moved to Leipsig, Germany for a summer of research and travel. She attended a post-baccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr College. Afterwards she came back to Worcester to teach in the Worcester Public School System as a special education and an AP chemistry teacher. She was excited to attend medical school at UMass and then stay on for another three years for residency. Tara plans to practice primary care in Massachusetts after residency. Tara loves spending time with her husband and children, especially at the beach.

Michelle Ro, PL-1

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. 



Christa Rosenberg, PL-3

Christa Rosenberg graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, far from her hometown in Hot Springs, Arkansas. In college, she majored in chemistry at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. In her free time, she loves cooking, trying out new restaurants, seeing movies with her husband, and she is trying to learn to love running. She and her husband, a family medicine resident at UMass, also enjoy spending time with their two adopted kittens.



Brian Schneider, Med/Peds PL-4

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.

Kyle Schoppel, PL-2

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 medical student at UMass Medical School. He is interested in pediatric emergency medicine, critical care and sports medicine.



Carla Schwartz, Med/Peds PL-4

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.

Janice Son, PL-1

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-3

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.



Callie Stone, PL-3

Callie grew up in Lowell, MA and completed her undergraduate degree at UMass, Amherst. There, she majored in Biology and minored in Kinesiology. After college she worked as a research assistant for 2 years at Boston University, traveling all over the U.S. to meet Gulf War I veterans who were study participants. Callie attended medical school at UMass. During her time there, she had the opportunity to volunteer in a free clinic, travel twice to the Dominican Republic as part of medical mission trips, and volunteer at a local agency dedicated to serving troubled youth. She hopes to continue traveling and working with underserved populations throughout her career in pediatrics. In her spare time, Callie enjoys being with her husband and 2 dogs, eating at Worcester’s many awesome restaurants, hiking, reading fiction, fishing, and traveling.

Apurva Subbaswamy, Med/Peds PL -1

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.



Elizabeth Tisei, PL-2

Liz was born and raised in Boston, MA, where she attended Boston Latin School before crossing the river to attend college at Harvard. There, she studied psychology and was a member of the lightweight rowing team. After college, she taught seventh grade math and science at a private school in Brookline, where she also coached high school rowing and drove a school bus. After five years of teaching, she left to attend Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. At Loyola, Liz was involved in the International Service Program and Global Health, which took her to clinics in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and then Punta Gorda, Belize. She is delighted to be back in Massachusetts with her family, including her fiance, Dan, a resident at Beth Israel in Boston.



Andrew Willment, Med/Peds PL-2

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.


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