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First Year Residents - Class of 2017
 

Amit Bhowmik, MD
Ross University School of Medicine                                 

I have spent the vast majority of the past 18 years in Toronto, Canada. Before that, as a kid, I managed to avoid rampant cholera outbreaks, TB and malarial disease in a country that I used to call home – Bangladesh.

Being raised by nagging parents who pursued advanced doctoral training in their respective fields, the importance of hard work and dedication were not lost on me.

I attended the University of Toronto for undergraduate studies, where I worked in clinical research with post-transplant patients at the Toronto General Hospital, which initially attracted me and eventually led me to study medicine at Ross University SOM.

During medical school, I traveled to different parts of the US for clinical training, including Michigan, Miami, FL, Baltimore, MD, Cape Cod, MA and Chicago. It was because of these experiences that I knew Albany, NY was such an amazing place, providing small town charm with all the necessary attractions of a large metropolis. Also, AMC has the happiest bunch of residents that I’ve come across.

In medical school, I enjoyed everything from pediatrics to geriatrics and all else in between. I truly believe Family Medicine exemplifies the very definition of a physician, encompassing all scopes of medicine with emphasis on prevention and patient education. Ultimately, I would like to become involved in taking care of the aging/aged population, thus a Geriatrics fellowship is on my agenda.

Besides medicine, my personal interests include watching basketball and football, making casual & unproductive trips to the gym, unhealthy binging of my favorite shows, going to the movies, experimental cooking and traveling with my family.  

Nora Callinan, MD
Albany Medical College

I grew up near Albany, in Latham, NY. I am the middle sibling between two wonderful siblings, an older brother and younger sister. My undergraduate education brought me to beautiful western New York at Cornell University in Ithaca where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Nutrition. While in Ithaca, I also spent three years working in an assisted living, an amazing experience which sealed my calling to medicine.

I found myself back in Albany for medical school, where I had an excellent education and wonderful classmates. My interest in the connection between the mind and body increased and I became more dedicated to bridging the gap between physical and mental well being. This was my drive to become a family physician in order to serve the whole patient. I was also honored to become inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. I decided that the people in the family medicine program here are so wonderful that this is where I wanted to do my residency! As I go forward in my career I look forward to having their excellent mentorship.

Outside of work, I love to exercise and recharge in the outdoors. Lakes, mountains, and trees feed my soul! I enjoy cooking healthy meals with my significant other. I also like to sing and I hope to be able to continue on with some of the singing groups I have been with the past four years.

Robert Freeman, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine 

I grew up in a small town in the Finger Lakes of Upstate NY, with parents who were Physician Assistants, and two younger brothers. I did not realize it then but I learned a great deal about both medicine and family in that setting. Since then I have lived in seemingly every part of upstate NY- in Ithaca for college, Rochester while working at a hospital, and Syracuse for medical school. In residency I can now proudly add Albany to the list.

At Ithaca College, I studied Exercise Science and was an EMT and CPR instructor in my spare time. I gained perspective on two extremes of health, both fitness and illness. Family medicine has given me a chance to help patients deal with both. It also appealed to be for having the most continuity in patient care. I hope to someday work in a small community practice and saw Albany's Family Medicine residency program as a great fit, with both a large academic center and community hospital.

My hobbies include backpacking and fly-fishing, especially in the Adirondacks. I am also a diehard Yankees fan.

Jennifer Lee, MD
Boston University School of Medicine

As a child growing up in central New Jersey, becoming a doctor was the last thing I ever thought I would pursue. I was born with multiple craniofacial clefts, requiring numerous facial reconstructive surgeries starting at a very young age. I was sick of hospitals and wanted nothing to do with medicine, or so I thought.

As a high school student, I fell in love with studying science, whether it was the biology of a cell or the chemical processes that occur inside of them. I began college at Boston University as a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major with the intent of pursuing medical research as a career. After two long and lonely summers in a lab, I realized that my extroverted personality was not a good fit for the more introverted research world. I began to volunteer in hospitals and slowly felt a separation from my personal experiences in medicine and a growing knowledge of how to use them to empathize with patients. As a rising junior in college, I was lucky enough to gain early acceptance to the Boston University School of Medicine through the MMEDIC program, which allowed me to continue my community work in Boston. Through my last two years of college and into medical school, I developed a passion for the medically underserved population of Boston. My other interests include nutrition, obesity prevention, access to healthy and affordable food, and health maintenance education. The combination of these passions led me to choose family medicine. I believe strongly that there is a need for more primary care physicians to serve all members of our communities, and want to continue to pursue the best education and training to shape me into an intelligent and compassionate primary care provider.

Outside of medicine, I have many other passions and interests. I am recently married and enjoy cooking and trying new food with my husband. When I have time, I post what comes out of our kitchen or reviews of new restaurants on a food blog. I also love hiking or walking with our dog, and am looking forward to being closer to the mountains in our new home in Albany!

Nazish Shafi, MD
Ross University School of Medicine

My parents brought me to the land of opportunities at the age of four. I was raised in the melting pot community of Queens until moving to Long Island for undergraduate studies. There, I completed my Bachelors in Pre-Med at NYIT in 3 years and moved forward to Dominica to attend Ross University. Many times along the way, I continued to revive my interest in practicing medicine. I actively participated in peer counseling and volunteered summers at the Bodies exhibit. During college, I worked as a Pharmacy Technician and after graduating I spent a year at Phillips Cardiac call center; monitoring results of handheld pacemakers. I chose family medicine because it combines many of these interests. It enables me to connect with patients daily, exposes me to wide range of pathology and allows me to continuously learn about treatment options while now teaching preventive lifestyle measures as well.

Choosing to train at Albany was just as easy to decide on-the people, culture and beautiful setting won me over instantly. The capital city provides me the opportunity to reach my goals; which my parents envisioned while leaving all of our extended family away years ago. My family here is of four only and very close knit. I have an older sister who is in travel biz and arranges our fun annual getaways to places as far as Dubai and Alaska. I love exploring new places, meeting people and capturing images of landscapes along the way. I also enjoy creating scrapbooks to store all my adventures in. My all time favorite hobby however, is a local one--doing neat DIY crafts with my 3 year old niece! As she relocates to New Jersey, I am happy to be a short trip away at AMC.

Arthur Wiser, MD
Albany Medical College

Born and raised in the Hudson Valley near Kingston, NY I made Albany my home for undergraduate and then medical education. I married the best woman in the world and we were blessed with a son during my last year of medical school.

I look forward to the educational opportunities of family medicine residency and always find working together with my peers rewarding. As our skill sets grow and knowledge deepens we'll find our place within the wide scope of family medicine. We have excellent role models in our faculty and three years to make fast friendships.

When I'm not working or studying I enjoy my son, splitting wood and all things out-of-doors. I've hiked in the Helderbergs, Shawangunks, Catskills and Adirondacks. I also like reading and exploring Albany.

 Second Year Residents - Class of 2016

 

Donald Bringley, DO
University of New England

I was born in Rochester, NY and consider myself an upstate New Yorker through and through. I love the outdoors and my best childhood memories are of boating, fishing, and swimming on Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes.

After high school I completed my undergraduate studies at St. John Fisher College. While in college I volunteered at an inner city health clinic in Rochester where I discovered both the great need for primary care physicians and the rewards and challenges of a career in medicine. This inspired me to apply to medical school, and happily I was accepted at the University of New England in Maine. My clinical years of medical school solidified my interests in primary care and set me on the path to becoming a Family Physician.

During med school I also was lucky enough to meet my future wife, Johanna who is also starting her residency here at AMC in Ob/Gyn. I am very excited to settle into the community here in Albany and start the next chapter of my career!

Christine Carle, MD
Albany Medical College 

I have always lived in the capital region and am excited to be staying here for residency. I was raised in Scotia, NY and earned my BS at Siena College. As a nontraditional student, I spent five years completing my graduate studies at RPI in Troy before medical school.  In graduate school, I studied the possible role of abnormal protein aggregation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurodegenerative disease.  At RPI, I had the privilege of working in a great lab, but had always wanted to become a physician.  In my final year of graduate school, I took the MCAT and received acceptance to Albany Medical College. I scheduled my thesis defense and completed my Ph.D. in chemistry only two weeks before beginning medical school.

In my spare time, I take road trips around Upstate New York and New England with my husband. I also enjoy sewing, block printing, and collecting postcards. I am very happy to be staying in the area to complete my family medicine residency.  In the future, I look forward to a career practicing in the Albany area. 

Kristina Gracey, MD
Albany Medical College

Growing up in Stafford, CT, with three brothers and two vivacious parents, it is not surprising to me that I love children, the outdoors, most athletic ventures (except my basketball skills are atrocious), and meeting new people around the world. What is perhaps a bit more surprising is my love for Albany, NY, and this love is true.

I came to Albany after a journey that involved an undergraduate education in Neuroscience at Trinity College followed by three years of neuroscience research in Boston, MA and a year of infectious diseases research in New Haven, CT. Research has been a focus of mine since college, combined with an interest in understanding populations and public health. During my years in Boston, I pursued a MPH in Maternal and Child Health at Boston University, where I affirmed my desire to combine a career of research with a career in medicine. Thus, I began my medical education at Albany Medical College and, through the years, discovered a deep connection to Albany: to my neighbors, running teammates, an extensive network of physicians and researchers at AMC who have become my friends, and a set of strikingly beautiful landscapes that amaze me on a daily basis. I can't imagine not running every day.

In my home in Guilderland, there are 7 of us. My husband is a local attorney who absolutely loves his job, running marathons, and taking care of dogs. The last part is important since we have three dogs, the largest of which is 100 lbs of pure love. We have a spirited, Irish red-headed child who has become well known in the community for her energy, and she has a goldfish. So that makes 7. Undoubtedly, my husband holds down the fort while I venture out to Uganda with fellow AMC students on medical missions, train for marathons, and embrace exciting learning opportunities in the hospital. Of course, I can also count on my AMC community for continually supporting me and my many interests. I am very proud to say that I am staying at AMC for my residency in Family Medicine.

Theodore Hausler, DO
West Virginia School Of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born right down the road from Albany Med in a town called Niskayuna. I spent my childhood hiking in the woods behind my house, going skiing at the nearby slopes, and enjoying the sights and sounds of bustling Albany. After high school I was accepted into a 7 year program at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, Long Island. After 3 years, I graduated with my Bachelors of Science. Following undergrad, I decided to take some time off from my studies. I have family in Israel so I decided to spend some time there. I was in Israel for 8 months working on a Kibbutz and volunteering as a 1st responder in their ambulance core, Magen David Adom.

After a refreshing year off, I returned to attend medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in rural Lewisburg, WV. I loved my time in medical school, the teachers were great, the facilities were superb, and the area around me was full of hiking trails, swimming holes, and oodles of other mind-relaxing activities. While in school I adopted my favorite companion, Izzy, who on the very next day peed in the middle of the school library.

Upon completion of medical school in 2012, I felt an inherent desire to implement my skills in an area that was in dire needs. Therefore, I spent the next 5 months in rural Africa: Sierra Leone, Uganda, and South Africa practicing medicine. I found the experience to be challenging but at the same time extremely rewarding and enlightening.

I look forward to spending the next 3 years here at AMC applying my skills and at the same time learning from my friends, colleagues, and patients.

Youngho Paul Kim, MD
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Born and raised in beautiful San Diego, California, I soon was interested in what was beyond my immediate reality after moving to Boston for college.  Since then, I have lived in Minneapolis, Chicago, Beersheva, Israel (for medical school) and finally Albany. I have always enjoyed living in various cities and living in different cultures; by constantly being on the move, I am always being challenged to change and exposing myself to new ideas and people.  I am happy to move to a beautiful part of the country where I can settle down and enjoy the outdoors. Ever since I could remember, I have always enjoyed meeting new people and hearing their stories and life experiences, thus I knew that family medicine was the field for me. It truly is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to be a doctor in such a context. Outside of the hospital, I can be found enjoying a book at a local cafe, watching movies in my bed, running along a wooded path, hiking wherever there are trees, shopping at Trader Joe’s, or wandering in another country, looking for friendly folks.

Mark Quaresima, MD
SUNY at Syracuse College of Medicine

I was born and raised in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Queensbury, NY. As the middle of five children I grew up in a crowded house and quickly learned what it meant to be a family. 

I attended the University of Notre Dame for my undergraduate studies and will forever be a devoted fan of the Fighting Irish. From there I moved closer to home for medical school at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. During medical school I was proud to be inducted into both the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

In 2012 I married my wife, Meghan. She was my high school sweetheart. There was only one problem - I was NOT her high school sweetheart. We were good friends until college when she finally fell in love with me.

Together, Meghan and I saw Albany as a great location for residency. It had the perfect combination of being an esteemed program, having excellent faculty, having a true sense of community, and being a short drive up the Northway to Queensbury where we still have quite a bit of family. 

A mentor told me once, “You need to do what you believe.” Family Medicine is what I believe to be true medicine. In what other field of medicine is prevention more important than cure? Where else could you care for everyone from newborns to grandparents? For me, the breadth of knowledge that a Family Physician must know is a challenge I look forward to taking on.

Outside of medicine I enjoy playing hockey, soccer, and golf. I also take advantage of the mountains by either hiking or downhill skiing depending upon the season. My favorite pastime, however, is sitting by the lake on a warm summer’s day with family and friends.

Third Year Residents - Class of 2015

Maegan Boulerice Cabrera, MD
State University of New York
Upstate Medical University

I come from a small town in upstate NY, just a mile from the Canadian border. There I have many, many relatives and from them learned the importance of family at an early age. Because of our location in/near the Adirondacks I also developed an avid interest in hiking, camping, swimming and just enjoying the outdoors and all nature has to offer. 

Also taking advantage of my location, I did my undergraduate studies in Physiology at McGill University in Quebec, Canada.  Immediately following my time there I began my first 2 years of medical school at SUNY Upstate's Syracuse campus. I then relocated to Binghamton (with my now husband Chris and dog Graham) for my clinical years, getting to experience and explore yet another part of New York State.

I am very much looking forward to starting a new chapter of my life in the Albany area, both as a new physician and a new wife.             

Jonathan Goldstein, MD
Sackler School of Medicine

Dr. Goldstein was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He earned his BS in biology at York University in Toronto.  Following completion of undergraduate studies, Dr. Goldstein attended Sackler School of Medicine, where he earned his doctorate in medicine. His personal interests include basketball, softball, jogging and reading.

Amelia Lisa Maas, MBBS
King's College School of Medicine

The Hudson Valley is where I was born and where I have my earliest memories, and I am very excited to be returning. My family moved to southeast England when I was in 6th grade, and King’s College London is where I earned my medical degree. Elective rotations during medical school took me not only to Africa, but back home to New York State.

The depth and breadth of US Family Practice, along with the beauty of the Catskill and Adirondack mountain ranges, inspired me to come to Albany for residency.  I look forward to joining this program.

Outside of medicine, I love playing the piano and have accompanied many musical plays and performances. I enjoy anything that involves being outdoors: hiking and swimming are top of the list.

Huy Duc Nguyen, MD
Ross University School of Medicine

I was born in Da-Nang, Viet Nam.  My father was a police officer in the South Vietnamese Army and spent 7 years in the reeducation camp following the fall of Saigon in 1975.  In 1993, the United States government gave my family the opportunity of a life time to immigrate to America.  We carried with us a hope for a brighter future.

I graduated from UCLA in 2006 with a degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Gerontology. Thereafter, I worked as a technical support chemist before entering Ross University to pursue my dream of becoming a physician. During medical school I met my fiancée, Phuong, who is currently a pediatrics resident here at AMC.

To me, family medicine is not only an essential branch of medicine but a delicate art form that requires great dedication to master. I love the idea of family medicine in regards to education and preventive care, which I believe are two of the most important services in the health-care profession. I also adore the idea of being able to follow a group of patients for a life-time in order to understand and manage their health as a whole person, beyond mere laboratory values, but as friends, neighbors, and human beings. My interests within family medicine include sports medicine, geriatric medicine, preventive medicine, women’s and international health, medical education, and learning procedures such as acupuncture and OMT.

My hobbies include working out, playing basketball, tennis and soccer. I recently picked up golf and hopefully will get good at it one day. My favorite sports teams are the UCLA Bruins and LA Lakers. I enjoy spending quality time with my family and my dog, Lulu, an 8 year-old Shih-Tzu.  During my free time, I love to cook, watch movies, listen to music, paint and enjoy the outdoors.  Growing up in the warm weather of California, I truly look forward to experiencing the distinct seasons and discover a new part of the country with my fiancée.

Ria L. Parcellano, MD
Ross University School of Medicine

I grew up in Chicago, and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for undergrad where I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I have two younger brothers who decided to pursue a career in Graphic Design, therefore I’m the odd one out in the family (or I tell myself anyway).  I have always loved my hometown and never thought that I would leave until my dream of becoming a physician brought me to Ross University, in Dominica. 

Ever since then, I have always been traveling!  I love meeting people and learning about different communities in small towns, and the inner cities. So during my clinical years I opted to do my rotations in different parts of the country such as Miami, FL, Atlanta, GA, Saginaw, MI, NYC and Chicago. In Fall 2011 I had the opportunity to do a rotation in Upstate NY and fell in love with the area. 

I am very excited to be back in Upstate New York once more, and be a part of Albany Medical Center’s Family Medicine program. I chose Albany because it is one of the few programs that integrate rural, urban and international Medicine.

In my spare time I love to cook, read fiction, and take long walks. I also enjoy trying new restaurants, and spending time with my family and friends. When time permits I love going on road trips, and travel abroad…nonetheless I’m always up for a new adventure. 

I’m very excited to be a part of the Albany Family Medicine program, and I am looking forward to meeting my colleagues, making new friends, exploring and experiencing life in the northeastern part of the country. 

Lindsey Brooke Wilhelm, DO
University of New England 
College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born and raised in Jamestown, NY where I attended Jamestown Community College. I then transferred to the College of Charleston in South Carolina where I graduated with a B.A. in Biology.  

Following college, I worked several different jobs.  I did environmental education with kids, was a kayak guide in Charleston, worked with at-risk boys in Albany doing outdoor recreation, and did biomedical research at Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake. After traveling around Central America and seeing the need for medical care and improved public health infrastructure, I was inspired to apply to medical school and to the Master in Public Health program at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine. 

During medical school I found that I enjoyed all of my rotations, especially family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics. I am thrilled to be a part of the family medicine residency program at Albany Medical Center where I will be able to take care of people of all ages while at the same time pursuing a track in obstetrics. 

Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, playing with our daughter, gardening, hiking, camping and being outdoors as much as possible.

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