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Current Residents

Pediatric Residents 2017-2018

Chief Resident
2017-2018

Chief Resident
2017-2018

Cassie

Cassie Louis, MD

Medical School: Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine-Rutgers University
Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan
Career Goals:PICU
Hobbies:Skiing, eating, hiking, outdoor activites, craft beer, getting free stuff for residents, travelling, NY arts scene
Favoritething about the program/MFCH:We have strongmentorship from the attendings and great relationships with co-residents. Even though we see each other all the time in the hospital, we still hang out outside of work
Christina

Christina Mezzone, DO

Medical School: NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Stormville, NY
Career Goals:General pediatrician
Hobbies:Cooking homemade pizza and pasta, working out, wine
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: I like that I feel comfortable reaching out to anyone and everyone and I will be supported. My fellow residents always have my back. The sense of camraderie and community is unparalleled

Class of 2020 PGY-1

Class of 2019 PGY-2

Class of 2018 PGY-3

Ariela

Ariela Agress, MD

Medical School: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Career Goals:To make a difference to my patients
Hobbies:yoga, running, oil painting, learning new things
Favoritething about the program/MFCH:The strongly supportive environment of the program, and the opportunity to care for and learn from a high volume and diverse set of patients with a wide range of diagnoses... and I am a huge fan of the life size chess set out front
Alisha

Alisha Akinsete, MD

Medical School: Rutgers-NJMS
Hometown: New Jersey
Career Goals: Pediatric Rheum
Hobbies: Lifting
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:Love the patient population, the support from your program to do whatever will improve your educational experience, and the people

Mary Asal, MD

Medical School: University Of Oklahoma
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Career Goals:Pediatric emergency medicine. I want to have the fastest suturing this side of the Mississippi, or the other side. So fast and so fun my patients don't even remember what snagged them in the first place.
Hobbies: Puppy cuddling and eating at any restaurant without a menu in English before catching a band somewhere
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: I'm obsessed with everyone I work with: nurses, attendings, techs, and especially my fellow residents. Work is always fun because of this, plus I get to be friends with them outside of work too. Also, our child life team always shows up right when I need them. Hospitals don't have to be scary for patients or those of us that work there...And MFCHisn't
Darnell

Darnell Alexandre, MD

Medical School: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School- Rutgers University
Home: South Orange, NJ
Career Goals: General Pediatrics
Hobbies: Traveling, dancing, exercising
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:My awesome co-residents
Mary Helen

Mary Helen Brennan, MD

Medical School: St. George’s University
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Career Goals:General pediatrician
Hobbies: watching football, craft beer, running
Favorite part about the program/MFCH:The people
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Jenny Apsan, MD

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hometown: Manhattan, NY
Career Goals: Endocrinology
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, swimming, biking, and reading
Favorite things about the program/MFCH:The patients!
Karmen

Karmen Au, DO

Medical School:NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Career Goals: Endocrinology or primary care
Hobbies: Restaurant hopping, arts and crafts, baking strawberry jam cookies
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: How the hospital looks at night
Lindsy

Lindsy Brickell, DO

Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Dublin, CA
Career Goals: Gen peds/NICU
Hobbies: Running, yoga, baking, skiing
Favorite thing about the program/hospital: Location and great patient and case diversity
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Georgia Christakis, MD

Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Career Goals:Global health/PEM
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, spending time outdoors, music
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:This is a place where people advocate for each other as well as their patients. From our robust QI program to organizing away rotations to the many fun events planned by our resident life committee and colleagues, if something is important to a resident, program leadership will work with you to make it happen
Deena

Deena Avner, MD

Medical School:Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
Career Goals: Undecided
Hobbies: Playing with my children, DIY projects, baking with anything that involves peanut butter
Favorite part about MFCH/the program:My co-residents, the beautiful facility, the diversity of patients, and the complexity of medical cases
Leanna

Leanna Garbus, DO

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: New City, NY
Career Goals: Emergency Medicine
Hobbies: Yoga, Dance, Skiing, Hiking, spending time with co-residents!
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:This program provides us with a deep sense of ownership over the care of our patients. Alongside fantastic co-residents, and with the support of our attendings, we are empowered to create and execute our own plans of care, truly allowing us to be decision-makers from day one
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Joanne M. Fernandez-Booker, MD

Medical School: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education -- New York Medical College
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Career Goals: Community pediatrician/public health/emergency medicine
Hobbies: Running, collecting sneakers, listening to music that makes me happy and want to dance
Favorite Thing About the Program: My colleagues
Rosemarie

Rosemarie Barker, MD

Medical School:SUNYUpstate Medical University
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
Career Goals:Be an awesome pediatrician!
Hobbies: Photography, eating delicious food, traveling and doing the aforementioned things in new and exciting places, shopping and being an amateur stylist for my friends, hanging out with my family and friends!
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:The diversity in the patient population and pathology, and having the privilege to serve patients from my hometown
Greg

Gregory Goldstein, MD

Medical School: New York Medical College
Hometown: Rye Brook, NY
Career Goals: PICU, Aspiring Superhero
Hobbies: Harry Potter Trivia, the origin of idioms, general flimflam and tomfoolery
Favorite part about the program/MFCH:Did everyone say the people? Of course the did. I'll say something else. I like the acuity of our patients. We see the kind of cases that most residents only get to read about. I ALSO love our giant fish tank and giant chess board and our regular sized karate masters who come every Friday and work with our heme/onc patients. I just wish the program was called "Judo-Chopping Cancer Weekly"
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Dina Finkel, MD

Medical School:SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Hometown: Queens, NY
Career Goals:NICU
Hobbies: Traveling; Spending time with family and friends
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:Co-residents are all amazing about being there for each other no matter what the circumstance. I never feel alone. There is always someone there whohas my back.
Alexis

Alexis Begezda, MD

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Hometown: Poland, Ohio
Career Goals: Undecided
Hobbies: Running, visiting Disney World, reading, swimming, waterskiing
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: My fellow residents, the amazing nurses and staff
Dan Kap

Daniel Kaplan, DO

Medical School: Rowan College of Osteopathic Medicine, NJ
Hometown: Manalapan, NJ
Career Goals: PICU
Hobbies: Basketball
Favorite part about the program/MFCH: Co-residents
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Frances‎ Sparks-Fonacier, DO

Med School: TouroCOM-NY
Hometown: New York, NY
Career Goals: Emergency Medicine
Hobbies: Cat videos
Favorite thing about MFCH/the program: Cafeteria froyo. And my co-residents
Daniel C

Daniel Cheong, MD

MedicalSchool: UConn
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Career Goals: Cardiology
Hobbies: Watching college football
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: The people I am working with
Monica

Monica Lu, MD

Medical School:University of Texas Southwestern Medical school
Hometown:Plano, TX
Career Goals:Undecided
Hobbies:
Favorite part about the program/MFCH:My fellow residents!
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Ahuva‎ Freilich-Bergman, MD

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hometown: Queens, NY
Career Goals: General pediatrics
Hobbies: Playing with my two year old daughter, exploring new parks
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: People's focus on their own and each other's growth. The beautiful, child-friendly environment in which we work
Kayleigh

Kayleigh Clark, MD

Medical School: Albany Medical College
Hometown: East Granby, CT
Career Goals: Hematology/oncology
Hobbies: Running, cooking, walking my dog
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: The people!
Isaac

Isaac Manaster, MD

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hometown: Miami, FL
Career Goals: Cardiology
Hobbies: Playing Lego with my 2 and 4 year old
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: I have awesome co-residents
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Yosefa‎ Hefter, MD

Medical School:Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hometown:Great Neck, NY
Career goals:Infectious disease
Hobbies:Playing with my kids!
Favorite part about the program/MFCH: The interesting patient population
Jency

Jency Daniel, MD

Medical School:Albany Medical College
Hometown:Long Island, NY
Career Goals:ID or Allergy/Immunology
Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, pretending I'm a film/TV critic, offbeat adventures, travel, martial arts
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:How warm, welcoming, and supportive the program is, from the leadership to my co-residents. I really feel like we all look out for each other's well-being, which creates a really special environment to train and learn in
Alissa

Alissa McInerney, MD

Medical School: George Washington School of Medicine
Hometown: Flemington, NJ
Career Goals: Undecided
Hobbies: Making chocolate goodies
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:I love thesupport of the chiefs and the new wellness program that we are developing
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Olivia Janssen, DO

Medical School:NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Sea Cliff, NY
Career Goals: NICU
Hobbies: Food, travel, yoga
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: The positive and supportive environment!
Helen

Helen Gonzalez, DO

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medical School- New York
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Career Goals: General pediatrician in community setting
Hobbies: Cooking, working out, traveling
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:My favorite thing about the program is the support senior residents provide new interns. I always feel comfortable asking a senior resident for advice/help, whether it is putting in a difficult order or overseeing a procedure, I know I am not alone
Priya

Priya Misra, MD

Medical School: SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Hometown: Shrewsbury,MA
Hobbies: Dance, writing, reading, Netflix binge watching, hiking/geocaching
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: All of my fabulous co-residents
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Aditi Kamat, MD

Medical School:Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hometown:West Windsor, NJ
Career Goals: General pediatrics
Hobbies:Napping and food
Favorite part about the program/MFCH: My co-residents and the babies
Tiffany

Tiffany Han, MD

Medical School:SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Hometown:Fresh Meadows, NY
Career Goals:General pediatrics or emergency medicine
Hobbies:Hiking, trying new and exotic foods, playing piano
Favorite part about the program/MFCH:The supportive staff and fellow residents. Everyone is ready to jump in and help whenever needed
Robert

Robert Parker, MD

Medical School: Albany Medical College
Hometown: Pittsford, NY
Career Goals:General pediatrics
Hobbies: sleep, gaming
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: the people and the pleasant working environment
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Sara‎ Kibrom, MD

Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Career Goals: Nephrology
Hobbies: Travelling, watching TV
Favorite part about the program/MFCH: My co-residents are awesome! The attendings are always willing to teach and have a lot of patience with us. Very supportive nursing staff
Eleni

Eleni Karagiannis, MD

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Hometown: Amherst, MA
Career Goals:General pediatrics
Hobbies: Singing and knitting
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: My awesome co-residents!
Laura

Laura Patton, MD

Medical School: New York Medical College
Hometown: Simsbury, CT
Career goals: NICU
Hobbies:Baking, cooking, kayaking
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: The attendings and my co-residents are great
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Jessica‎ Miller, DO

Medical School: NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: New York, NY
Career Goals: Emergency medicine
Hobbies: Yoga, running, traveling
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:The people- they make 24 hour shifts fun
Dan K

Daniel Kim, MD

Medical School:SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Hometown:Woodside, NY
Career Goals:Working with underserved populations
Hobbies:Basketball, fantasy football
Favorite part about MFCH/the program:Large volume of patient from which to learn, amazing coresidents and seniors
Katie

Kaitlin Raspen, DO

Medical School: NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Career Goals: General pediatrics
Hobbies: going to the beach, playing with my dogs
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: My co-residents are amazing and a great support system
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Pam Miko, DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Career Goals: General pediatrics
Hobbies: Cooking, outdoor activities, hanging out with our cat, Blue
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: Cafeteria salads and a lot of individual time during second and third year to customize our curriculum
Neha

Neha Kohli, MD*

Medical school: University of South Florida
Hometown: Ocala, FL
Career Goals: PM&R
Hobbies: Yoga, gym, wine
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: awesome chiefs and very accommodating with scheduling!
*PM&R Prelim
Sumeet

Sumeet Sandhu, MD

Medical School:SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Hometown:Queens, NY
Career Goals:General pediatrics
Hobbies:Sleeping, nail art, playing with my cat (T-shirt), meditation
Favorite part about the program/MFCH:I like how helpful my co-residents are. We go above and beyond to support each other!
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Mai Nitta, MD

Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School
Hometown: Kobe, Japan
Career Goals: Hospitalist
Hobbies: cooking and eating
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: We see a large variety of diagnoses and all of our attendings are easily accessible
Chantel

Chantel Mason, MD

Medical School: Sophie Davis/Albany Medical College
Hometown: Merrick,NY
Career Goals: To be a general pediatrician! I also hope to find time to be an athletic instructor for children
Hobbies: Laughing, crocheting, hiking, watching movies
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: One word: "Ohana"
Denise

Denise Sartori, DO

Medical School:NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Home: Roslyn, NY
Career Goals: General pediatrics
Hobbies: Baking
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: The people and my co-residents!
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Rina Patel, MD

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Career Goals: NICU
Hobbies: Running, dancing, singing, NFL football
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:
The new friends I made in my co-residents, they've become like my new family!
Breige

Mary (Breige) O'Donnell-Smith, MD

Medical School:New York Medical College
Hometown: New York, NY
Career Goals: To be an advocate for children and their families in promoting wellness and sharing my joy for the art and practice of medicine. My interests are in pediatric cardiology, preventative medicine and breast feeding education.
Hobbies: I am a certified Pilates and Barre instructor with a background in dance having trained professionally before becoming a doctor. I like to spend time sharing my knowledge and love of the body by training others. I love to bake, and I love running and enjoy half marathons.
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:I love that hospital doesn't look or feel like a typical hospital in an effort to make our pediatric patients and their families feel as comfortable as possible in their time of need. I was attracted to this program not only for the educational and training opportunities, but also for the support system provided by the faculty and co-residents in the program
Paulina

Paulina Sayegh, DO

Medical School:NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown:Scarsdale, NY
Career Goals:General pediatrics
Hobbies:family, travel, piano, music
Favorite part about the program/MFCH:The people
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Gillian Taormina, DO

Medical School:NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Home: Saratoga Springs, NY
Career Goals:Infectious disease
Hobbies: Music, food, and finding fun things to do in Westchester (there are many!)
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: My amazing co-residents
Stella

Stella Ospina, MD

Medical School:San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Hometown: Woodbridge, NJ
Career Goals:Undecided
Hobbies: Going to the movies, reading, spending time with family
Favorite part about the program/MFCH: My co-residents
Theresa

Theresa Scott, DO

Medical School: NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Home: Smithtown, NY
Career Goals: Hospitalist or NICU
Hobbies: Golf! Tennis, beach, outdoor activities
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: We have incredible attendings and a diverse patient population. The hospital itself is in close proximity to Manhattan AND parks, trails, and outdoor activities
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Emily Zheng, MD

Medical School:SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Hometown:Cambridge, MA
Career Goals:General pediatrics
Hobbies:Traveling, watching TV and movies
Favorite part about the program/MFCH:My co-residents!
Rachel

Rachel Penn, MD*

Medical School:University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Home: East Brunswick, NJ
Career Goals:Child neurology
Hobbies: Hiking, running, yoga, being a huge foodie, traveling!
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:The people!! Everyone is so inclusive and easy to get along with, making for a great work atmosphere. While the hours are long and learning curve is steep, everyone continues to be incredibly supportive and go out of their way to help one another
*Child Neurology Prelim

Nathalie

Nathalie Trinidad, MD

Medical School:Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hometown:Brooklyn, NY
Career Goals:General pediatrician
Hobbies:Spending time with my daughters
Favorite part about the program/MFCH: My coresidents and the diverse spectrum of patient cases that we say everyday
Emily

Emily Simon, DO

Medical School:Touro University California
Hometown:Nashville, TN
Career Goals:Hematology/oncology
Hobbies: Shopping, sleeping, and playing with my cats
Favorite part about the program/MFCH:The pathology we see at MFCH is unlike anywhere else. We get to take care of the sickest patients and see very rare diseases. I also love the other residents. We're a family, and my co-residents make residency fun despite all the stress that can come with it
Candice

Candice Williams, DO

Medical School:NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Preston, CT
Career Goals: General pediatrics and sports medicine
Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, brewery touring, going to the beach, yoga, exercising
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH: The people I work with every day!
Kristen

Kristen Wallace, DO

Medical school:NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown:Long Island, NY
Career goals:Undecided
Hobbies: Baking, watching football, going to the beach, Netflix, dancing, reading
Favorite thing about the program/MFCH:Amazing co-residents!