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Jessica Andrade, PL-1
Jess was born in the south of France and immigrated to Marlborough, MA when she was a child. Growing up in Massachusetts, she loved being involved in sports including soccer, lacrosse, and gymnastics. Between sports and school she enjoyed playing video games with her younger brother (both of them being highly competitive Guitar Hero and Halo players). Jess also began playing the violin at a young age and continued on to learn seven instruments. She attended UMass Amherst and earned an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology while playing four years of Women’s Club Soccer. She continued her education up the coast to attend medical school in Maine at the University of New England (please see Alina Bahlavouni’s profile for identical info). Jess and Alina's UMass experience extended to UNE where they were not only roommates but also dominated the intramural soccer league winning all 6 seasons. In her down time, Jess loves to travel. During medical school she participated in three medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic helping children in underprivileged communities. She annually returns to France with her family to enjoy the beautiful blue beaches of the Mediterranean. Jess recently embarked on a road trip to Nice, Paris, Monaco, Rome, and Pisa. When outside of the hospital, Jess can be found weight lifting at the nearest gym. Fun fact, she can toss pizza dough in the air and make an awesome barbecue chicken pizza.
 Alina Bahlavouni, PL-1

Alina grew up outside of Boston in Waltham, MA.  She traveled 2 hours west to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst, double majoring in Kinesiology and Public Health. She then made her way up to coastal Maine to attend medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is very excited to be back in Massachusetts for residency, close to her family, friends and medical school roommate! (Please see Jess Andrade’s bio for identical info). Jess and Alina were not only roommates, but also teammates in the intramural soccer league, dominating all 6 seasons. In her spare time, Alina enjoys being active, traveling, going to the beach, practicing yoga and playing sports such as soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She enjoys the Harry Potter series (medicine was her second choice after not getting into Hogwarts), Game of Thrones (Jon Snow anyone?), This is us, and whatever Disney movie happens to be on TV (Little Mermaid is her favorite). She also speaks Armenian and is hoping to use that with some of her patients. She considers herself an amateur (very amateur) cook and hopes to improve her skills in the next few years - all recipes and tips are appreciated!  

Sheyla Candido, Med/Peds PL-2

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!

Cindy Chen, Med/Peds PL-4

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.

David Chiang, Med/Peds PL-1

David hails from Silicon Valley, California and went to Stanford for his undergraduate degree. There, he fell in love with both medicine and science, and pursued his MD/PhD at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. He spent years studying the role of T cells in various diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases and food allergies. He also spent time working at the free clinic and assisting in various QI and research initiatives. During his clinical rotations, he again fell in love with two fields, medicine and pediatrics, and was delighted to discover that he could do a residency in both fields! David is interested in combining his scientific and clinical skills in service of both adults and children, and he looks forward to continuing his training at UMass. When he’s not taking care of patients or thinking about science, David enjoys board games, hiking, whiskey/wine, cooking, and finding the newest spots to eat or enjoy cocktails.

Sarah Cooper, PL-1

Sarah grew up in Winthrop Massachusetts and attended Newman high school in the back bay of Boston, where she fell in love with the city, the Red Sox, and the sport of rowing. She earned a BA in Biological Sciences at Connecticut College and rowed on their Division III Women’s Rowing team, with all their races being held at UMass’s doorstep on Lake Quinsigamond. During college she began studying health disparities, and spent a summer in London, England, volunteering at a day rehabilitation center for individuals living with mental health conditions. While in London she also met her husband, Perry, and they just celebrated their wedding last fall! Sarah moved back to MA after college and spent four years working before attending medical school, including a two-year bench research position studying autism spectrum disorders at Mass. General Hospital. She then headed to Yankees territory (aka New York) to attend medical school at Hofstra, and became involved in a primary care program that provides multidisciplinary care to underserved populations. Sarah became increasingly passionate about primary care Pediatrics throughout medical school, and is very excited to be returning to her home state for a residency at UMass!

Tracey DaFonte, PL-2

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)!



Katharine Davidoff, Chief Resident

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, Med/Peds PL-3

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, Med/Peds PL-2

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-3

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. 

Casey Fein, PL-2

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.

Michelle Georgia, PL-1

Michelle grew up in Orono, ME where she stayed to complete her undergraduate studies at the University of Maine. In between studying, Michelle always found time to work with children whether it was coaching soccer/basketball, attending medical outreaches in both Maine & Ecuador to teach children about health, or nannying for three amazing and curious troublemakers. After graduating, Michelle went to Barcelona, Spain for a year to take art, history, and business. While abroad Michelle taught English to children native to Barcelona and discovered a love for traveling. Upon returning to the US, Michelle was a nanny for three tiny human beings (all under three years of age who kept her busier than she thought was possible) in Boston for a year while applying for medical school. While in Boston, Michelle fell in love with the area and since then has always wished to return and practice medicine in the greater Boston area. Michelle attended the University of New England of Osteopathic Medicine in order to be close to her family. While in medical school, Michelle was an active member of the pediatrics club, a mentor for a child at a local elementary school, and was the mentoring program’s coordinator. In her free time, Michelle enjoys practicing yoga flows, teaching yoga to children, going for runs outside especially in the autumn, hiking, playing tennis, cuddling with her adorable niece, watching sunsets/sunrise, perpetually caffeinating herself with coffee, exploring new places, catching up with friends/family, and dreaming of her future goldendoodle

Kayla Hartjes, PL-3

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, PL-2

Sharmila grew up in the small town of Hopedale, MA and attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (which is totally “gorges”) where she studied biology, nutritional science, and music. While at Cornell, Sharmila realized how much she enjoyed caring for children when she participated in school-based global health initiatives in India and Africa. 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 happy to be back home attending UMass for pediatric residency. She is excited to pursue her interests in critical care medicine. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on her beloved Boston sports teams, being outdoors (hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, tennis, running, you name it!), reading, spending time with her family, and visiting all the delicious restaurants in the area. 

Arjun Kumar, Med/Peds PL-1

Arjun was born in Bombay, India, and moved to the US when he was 5 years old. He grew up in Lilburn, Georgia, outside of Atlanta, and lived there until coming to Worcester. He did his undergrad in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech and worked as a supply chain consultant for 4 years before deciding to go back to study medicine at Augusta University (formerly Medical College of Georgia). These years in residency will be his first real winters, and he is looking forward to it! Arjun is excited to start his Med-Peds residency at UMass, and hopes to work in primary care in the future. Outside of work, Arjun enjoys playing basketball, running, working on cars, gardening, and spending time with his wife, family and friends.

Jeannine Jeha, Med/Peds PL-2

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, Med/Peds PL-2

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, Med/Peds PL-3

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, Chief Resident

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-3

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. 

Natalya Maharaj, Med/Peds PL-4

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.

Kirsti Martin, PL-3

Kirsti grew up in sunny Naples, Florida. She ventured north 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. She returned south 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 has spent part of each of the last ten summers volunteering at Camp Jabberwocky, an overnight camp for people with disabilities on Martha's Vineyard. She is thrilled to be at UMass, closer to camp and to her husband Chris (who she met at camp!). She is interested in neonatology and palliative care. In her free time, she enjoys visiting various New England breweries, baking cakes, and spending time with her husband and their dog, Zoe.

Ann-Britt Martins, PL-2

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-3

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. Rising Chief Resident

Erin McMahon, PL-1

Erin grew up about an hour north of New York City and then moved to Boston, MA to complete her Biology degree at Northeastern University. She fell in love with New England and spent 2 years working on various research projects trying to better understand the NICU environment at Brigham and Women's Hospital. It was then that she came to realize her passion for Pediatrics! Erin ventured to the country roads of West Virginia to obtain her medical degree at WVSOM and is thrilled to be moving back to New England for Pediatric residency at UMass. In her spare time, Erin loves doing anything outdoors, traveling to new places, and spending time with friends and family. She is also excited to explore all the great restaurants in the Boston/Worcester area!

Christine Miller, PL-1

Christine grew up in Mansfield, MA and then went on to Bucknell University for her undergraduate degree.  While there, she studied Biology and ran mid-distance for the team’s Division I track team.  After college, inspired by the thought of doing something different, Christine ventured west to work in Yellowstone National Park for a season and had the delightful chance to work, live, and hike in America’s first national park.  Once the season ended, Christine came back home to the Boston area to work in a stem cell lab at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.  While in the lab, Christine worked with mice to study things like cancer, aging, and hematopoiesis. She also spent a lot of time working with induced pluripotent stem cells, which are cells that are functionally identical to human embryonic stem cells but come from reprogrammed adult tissue.  Christine started and ran the first induced pluripotent stem cell core facility at Joslin, where she reprogrammed skin cells from the clinic, taught classes and workshops on stem cell culture, and was heavily involved in the greater stem cell core community. Interested in a more direct role in helping patients, Christine went on to attend Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, NY.  Christine lives with her husband and 2 cats. In her free time, she loves to cook with her husband, run with friends, and do pretty much anything outdoors.

William Mitchell, Med/Peds PL-1

Will was born in Myrtle beach, South Carolina, but being the son of a fighter pilot, he moved around a lot growing up. Collectively, he's lived in five different states, making his move to Massachusetts his sixth "home" state. Will attended undergrad at Clemson University (Go Tigers!) before mixing it up with grad school at Columbia University in New York, obtaining his MS in Nutrition; then headed back home to the University of South Carolina for medical school. He’d never heard anything about Med/Peds until medical school, where he got to help take care of a young man with down syndrome and learned about the challenges some patients have to face in making the transition from childhood to adult care. He realized how instrumental Med/Peds providers can be in caring for patients through that transition and he was hooked! Med/Peds is the life for him. Moving to Worcester was his thirteenth move but he's excited to be up north, get a break from the sweltering heat of the south, and explore more of New England. Temporarily, he is a single dad to an extremely sweet, lab-mix named Buttercup while his fiancé, Mandi, finishes her PA training in New Mexico. In his spare time, Will enjoys baking, cycling, playing guitar, and brewing his own beer. He also enjoys playing fetch with Buttercup, and he hopes to introduce everyone to some real, southern BBQ.

Marissa Parrillo, PL-1

Marissa was born and raised in the little, but beautiful, state of Rhode Island. Growing up, her family spent a lot of time driving up to NH on weekends for hiking and skiing. She made a bold move and ventured outside of New England to attend college at Lehigh University. Afterwards, she moved over to Long Island (mostly for the amazing bagels) and attended NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. During her time in New York, she was the community service chair of the school’s pediatric club. She spent time volunteering at a pediatric hematology-oncology clinic and mentoring elementary school kids in the Bronx. Marissa and her family were also involved in various fundraisers for childhood cancer, including St. Baldrick’s and the Tomorrow Fund. Marissa started to miss home, and was tired of being the only Patriots fan in NY, so she set her sights on returning back to New England for residency. She is thrilled to be moving close to home and cannot wait to start her pediatric residency at UMass. In her free time, Marissa is an avid skier and loves winter. She can also be found cheering on her favorite team, GO PATS, for every football game. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, exploring different restaurants and binge-watching tv shows.

Aleena Paul, Med/Peds PL-3

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.

Hallie Pearl, PL-1

Hallie grew up in Potomac, MD with three younger siblings and a yellow lab. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park for her undergraduate education, where she was part of the Gemstone Honors Program and majored in Biology with a concentration in Physiology & Neurobiology. She wrapped up her 21 years in Maryland’s public education system by attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine. It was during medical school in Baltimore that Hallie met her now-husband, a nice boy from Framingham who introduced her to the lovely Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Hallie is excited for the opportunity to be a part of UMass and explore all that New England has to offer. Ever since her summers as a camp counselor, Hallie has known that she wanted to work with children, and she is thrilled to be one step closer to her dream of being a pediatrician. In her free time, Hallieenjoys befriending any dogs she can find, playing basketball, and spending time with family and friends.

Michael Ratti, PL-2

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. 

Kristen Richard, PL-2

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, PL-3

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. Rising Chief Resident


Kathryn Salvatore, Med/Peds PL-4

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, PL-2

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. 

Ravi Shah, Med/Peds PL-4

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, PL-2

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, and medicine. She was part of a group who spearheaded Relay for Life at UML 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 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, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to return back to the UMass system and find her path within pediatrics! Her current interests include environmental/global health, hematology/oncology, and palliative care. 

Harun Thimmiah, Med/Peds PL-1

Harun grew up in Worcester and is excited to return to his hometown to begin his med/peds residency. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross, Master of Arts in Teaching from Clark University, Master of Science in Medical Sciences from Boston University, and his Medical Doctorate at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. His academic interests include pediatrics-medicine transitional care, patient advocacy, medical outreach, hospitalist medicine, and medical education. He has pursued these interests while teaching students from underserved communities at the Nativity School of Worcester, as a tutor with African Community Education, as a patient advocate at the Eliza Shirley women’s clinic in Philadelphia, and researching the role of HIF-1α in triple negative breast cancer at Drexel University. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys performing and writing music, playing in community soccer leagues, vegetable gardening, and spending time with his family and friends.

Laura Ting, Med/Peds PL-3

Laura grew up in Massachusetts and went to Williams College in the Berkshires - which she considers “real” western Mass!  She fully enjoyed the beautiful area by being involved with sports year round (crew, riding, and soccer).  After graduating with majors in Economics and Chemistry, she traded the test tubes and beakers for clinical research on the genetic epidemiology of asthma at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  She then attended UMass Medical School - a dream come true having looked up at the hospital many times from Lake Quinsigamond while rowing there in college.  She loved the collegial environment and being involved in the student Learning Communities in med school and is thrilled to be continuing at UMass for residency.  She also hopes to continue being involved in teaching and medical education.  Outside the hospital, she loves animals, music, staying active, cooking, and following sports, especially the New England Patriots!

Darcy Wolcott, PL-3

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.

Katherine Yanagisawa, PL-3

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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