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Meet Our Residents/Fellows 2022-23!

 

   

PGY-1: 

   
     
 

Brennan Dagle, MD

Medical School: 
UMass Chan Medical School
Undergraduate: Providence College  

Hometown: Worcester by way of Holden, MA 
Family Medicine interests: Sports med, food justice, addressing social determinants of health, mental health
Why did I choose to train at Barre? To provide excellent care for my family, friends, and beloved community and reach my full potential as a family med doc!
Hobbies: Fishing (largemouth bass and trout) and boating, pick-up basketball (Ball is life), Boston sports, Hip-hop culture and freestyling, cooking/grilling, eating at the diverse restaurants in Worcester, growing vegetables, “Wistah” history
Fun Facts: I have sold merchandise at Gillette Stadium since 07’ (Go Pats!). I have also worked as a landscaper, painter, home remodeler, general laborer, roof salesman, and medical scribe. My dream is to return to Benedict Family Medicine at UMass where I started off making minimum wage as a medical scribe and complete the full circle as a physician leader!

     
 

Ivan Lazar, DO

Medical School:
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine  
Undergraduate:  Black Hills State University  

Hometown:  Spearfish, SD
Family Medicine interests:  Preventative Care, Outpatient Procedures, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Rural Medicine.
Why did I choose to train at Barre? When looking for potential residencies during my fourth year of medical school, I was fortunate to get an opportunity to spend a month at the Barre clinic. I realized that Barre was exactly the type of residency I was looking for. In this program, I could get full-spectrum primary care experience working in a rural clinic with the added benefit of being part of a larger academic institution. Also, the residents and faculty showed the kind of care and compassion for their patients that I hope to be able to provide, and I knew I had a lot more to learn from them.

Hobbies: Hiking with my dog Rooster, a Corgi mix, and listening to history podcasts.
Fun Facts: I'm originally from Ukraine and moved to the United States before my ninth birthday, and I'm still fluent in Ukrainian.

     
 

Spencer Murdock, MD

Medical School: 
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Graduate:  MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health at West Virginia University
Undergraduate:
West Virginia University

Hometown: Fairmont, West Virginia 
Family Medicine interests: Women's health, preventive medicine and outpatient care
Why did I choose to train at Barre?  My husband and I wanted to explore somewhere that wasn't West Virginia, considering we had lived there our whole lives. UMass Worcester seemed like a great choice because it is close to some of our family in Boston and offers a culturally diverse patient population. I chose Barre specifically because it extends an exceptional combination of rural health training in the clinic setting along with the training and resources provided by a large university health system.
Hobbies: hiking and spending time outdoors, tennis, reading, checking out local breweries, doing pretty much anything with my husband and dog
Fun Facts: I couples matched with my husband Mason (Internal Medicine intern). Mason and I just got married this May in Italy and we have a very sweet 6 year old Newfoundland named Brownie.

     
 

Madeleine Whitaker, DO 

Medical School:
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate:  Wellesley College
Hometown:  Hollis, NH
Family Medicine interests: Women's health, Behavioral health, Medical education, LGBTQ+ care
Why did I choose to train at Barre? I chose to train at UMass because I wanted to train under supportive faculty at a large academic center with a diverse patient population. 
Hobbies: Reading, listening to Broadway soundtracks, working out
Fun Facts: In high school, I was in a performing recorder quartet with my three younger brothers. I also learned how to drive on a manual transmission. 

     

PGY-2:

   
     
  Nicholas Burstein, DO

Medical School:
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduate: MS in Medical Physiology, Case Western Reserve
Undergraduate:
Northeastern University

Hometown: Needham, MA
Family Medicine interests: Full-spectrum primary care, Palliative Care, Narrative Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Medical Education
Why did I choose to train at Barre? I wanted to return home to New England for my training. UMass stood out to me because of the combination of rigorous academic training and full spectrum primary care that were integrated into the communities in Worcester and Barre. I also felt like the residents, faculty, and administrators were my kind of down-to-earth and genuine people that I would want to spend 3 challenging years training beside. I was particularly interested in Barre because of the chance to learn in both an urban-academic and rural environment and the opportunity to truly "own my patients."
Hobbies: Songwriting and music production, drumming, oil painting, creative writing, spending time with my wife Lucy and our dog Beep!
Fun Facts: I made the music for "Cube Runner," one of the first games released in the Apple app-store. It has been downloaded over 6 million times!
     
 

Nicholas Croce, DO

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine  
Undergraduate: UMass Lowell
Hometown: Amesbury, MA
Family Medicine Interests:  Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, Rural Medicine, Obstetrics, Outpatient Procedures, Pediatrics, Teaching
Why Did I Choose to Train at Barre? My goal is to be a small-town, old-school, jack-of-all trades doctor; and the inherent rigors of training at Barre Family Health Center will best prepare me for this.  UMass Worcester Family Medicine Residency is jam-packed with compassionate, talented, and humanistic people who will challenge me to be a loving, full-spectrum, patient-first provider.
Hobbies: Family time, Basketball, Fitness and Nutrition, Hiking, Woodworking, Home/Auto DIY, Boston Sports
Fun Facts: I am a husband, father, and self-proclaimed old soul who hopes to someday have a baseball team of children!  I come complete with a fully-loaded arsenal of dad-jokes and puns, funky socks, and a seemingly endless loop of year-round Christmas music playing in my head.  I pride myself on making creative, not-quite-Pinterest-worthy cakes for my wife, being the guy who brings homemade gifts to high-end functions, memorizing children’s books with my son, and eating the same breakfast nearly every day for eight years (and counting.)

     
 

Brett Lehner, MD

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
Hometown:  Bethel, CT
Family Medicine interests: Rural practice, Integrative Medicine
Why did I choose to train at Barre? When I was looking for a program, I wanted to be able to train with a rigorous full scope rural family medicine program, but I also didn’t want to be far away from my family and friends, and for that Barre was a perfect fit for me. The program has a long history of excellence in training family medicine physicians, with smart and supportive faculty, and the balance of the academic setting and rural care made me believe this program would prepare me to be the best physician I can be. 
Hobbies: gardening, permaculture, guitar, soccer
Fun Facts:  A few years back, I rode my bicycle across the country to raise money for a charity with a friend of mine.

     
  Sara Rogerson, MD

Medical School:
Drexel University School of Medicine

Graduate: MS in Medical Sciences, Boston University
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh 
Hometown: Johnstown, PA
Family Medicine interests: Addressing health disparities and working with underserved communities
Why did I choose to train at Barre? I chose UMASS, and specifically Barre, because it offered a unique combination of the training and resources provided by a university health system along with the rural health training provided at Barre Family Health Center.
Hobbies: Photography and tennis

     

PGY-3:

   
 

William Brown, DO

Medical School: University of New England
Undergraduate: Rutgers University 
Hometown: South Plainfield, New Jersey
Family Medicine interests: Addiction Medicine, Palliative Care, Rural Medicine
Why did I choose to train at Barre? I chose UMASS, and specifically Barre, because it offered a unique combination of the training and resources provided by a university health system along with the rural health training provided at Barre Family Health Center.
Hobbies: Camping, Hiking, Guitar, Music
Fun Facts:  I am a pen collector and enthusiast.

 

   
  Alex Doering, MD, Chief Resident 

Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College
Undergraduate: Bowdoin College
Hometown: Windham, Maine
Family Medicine interests: I particularly like geriatrics, palliative care, and addiction psychiatry
Why did I choose to train at Barre? I worked at UMass for two years before medical school, and I love the area. Of the three clinics, Barre allowed me to continue working in a rural clinic setting while still getting more inpatient cultural diversity in Worcester
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area: The local restaurants are incredible. Some of my favorites are Fatima's Cafe, Armsby Abbey, and Birtchtree Bread Company. Closer to Barre, there is also Rose32 Bread and Stone Cow Brewing
Hobbies: I like hiking, running, cooking, and gardening
Fun Facts: The only time I have ever been in a cop car, I was with my high school chemistry teacher in Ecuador.

     
 

Grant Lewandrowski, MD

Medical School: UMass Medical School
Graduate: Tufts, MS in Biomedical Sciences
Undergraduate: Washington and Lee University
Hometown: Lexington, MA
Family Medicine interests: Procedures, inpatient and outpatient care delivery, military and veteran's healthcare.
Why did I choose to train at Barre? I drank the Barre Health Center koolaid during a third-year medical school clerkship rotation, and my FMIS sub-internship in fourth year only further solidified my desire to stay at UMass for residency. Interviewing around the nation and seeing how FM was practiced in different regions, I found Barre to be the best of all worlds with outpatient practice in a rural healthcare setting complete with home visits, as well as rounding on inpatient wards at a large academic university hospital center. In my eyes that was the epitome of what it meant to be a clinician and family physician.
Hobbies: Being a dog dad, gardening, DIY home improvement, and grilling meat. 
Fun Facts: I'm 32 years old! I'm a third generation physician following my father and grandfather, and my sister is also starting her residency at UMass in Pathology.

     
 

Nick Martin, MD

Medical School: UMass Medical School 
Undergraduate: Northeastern University 
Hometown: Chelmsford, MA
Family Medicine interests: Addiction Medicine, Sports Medicine, Longitudinal Primary Care
Why did I choose to train at Barre? During my 4 years at UMass Medical School the Family Medicine faculty members were some of my biggest inspirations. They are incredible mentors, educators, and advocates, and I'm very fortunate to be continuing my education here and learning from them.
Hobbies:  Basketball, Golf, Gardening, Hiking, Video games
Fun Facts: I was a back to back county free throw shooting winner in high school, I can cook almost anything in a Crock Pot, I had a rhinoplasty (nose-job) stemming from an inside fastball incident, my family won a toilet at a minor league baseball game (Lowell Spinners)

     



  Ashley Mitton, PsyD, Second Year Behavioral Health Fellow 
Ashley earned her BA in Psychology from George Fox University outside of Portland, OR. This two year position is based at Barre Family Health Center. Ashley completed her MA and PsyD at Biola University in La Mirada, CA, culminating with her pre-doctoral internship at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa, CA. During this internship, she worked with patients across the lifespan and received specialized training in addiction medicine. Her clinical interests include incorporating humanistic interventions into evidenced-based primary care treatment, women’s health, and supervision and training. In her free time, Ashley enjoys hiking with her dog and skiing, as well as exploring local restaurants.