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First 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
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.

Second 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.

 

Third Year Residents - Class of 2014 

Verona M. Bazeley, M.D.
W. Virginia School of Medicine

When people ask me where I am from, they get a long answer. Born in Connecticut, I spent most of my growing up years in Germany and then England. I came to West Virginia in 2002 where I completed an undergraduate degree in biology and went to medical school at West Virginia University. My decision to become a family doctor grew out of my interests in obstetrics, pediatrics and general medicine. I am happy to train in Albany and to discover a part of the country in which I have never lived before.

I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, horse-back riding, gardening, reading, sewing, singing and spending time with my family and friends.

Ian T. Daly, M.D.
SUNY Upstate

I grew up hearing stories about my great-grandfather, a physician in the North Country. He was a country doctor who often traded farm goods for his services. When I was 5 years old I would go on home visits with my own father in the middle-of-nowhere, Florida. These stories and experiences at a young age defined what being a physician is to me – practicing full scope medicine to the best of one’s ability with sometimes limited resources.

I spent high school and college enjoying math and science, but concentrated mostly on skiing, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, triathlons and being on the water. That is why I went to St. Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont – a great venue for everything outdoors. In medical school at Upstate Medical University, I met Caroline, now my wife, who is an anesthesiology resident here at AMC. Through all of my studies, I have prided myself on maintaining a well-rounded lifestyle by making time for myself, friends and family. I am excited to begin my training here at AMC, and to pursue my goal of practicing traditional family medicine.

Cole Hillebrandt, MD
American University of the Caribbean
School of Medicine

Dr. Hillebrandt grew up in Sulphur, LA and continued on to complete his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at McNesse State University, and his Doctorate of medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He was inducted into Alpha Omega Phi Honors and Service Society for his accomplishments in the first two years of medical school.  Dr. Hillebrandt completed a transitional residency year at Columbus Regional Medical Center before joining the Family Medicine residency program here at Albany Medical Center.

Karthik Karibandi, M.D.
Albany Medical College 

After growing up in places like Orange NJ, the Ridgewood section of Queens NYC, and Morristown NJ, and going to college in Cleveland, OH and medical school in Albany, I am now ready to start my career with Albany Family Medicine! I have always had an appreciation for the family physician growing up and recognized how important primary care medicine is for the health of our population. I enjoy the exposure to patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting, and the continuity of care our field offers. We gain training in a variety of fields, offering us great flexibility in our future practices. My interests within family medicine include preventative medicine, learning special procedures, and sports medicine. Personally, family medicine reminds me of the importance of teamwork…with our patients, office staff, and other physicians involved in our patients’ care. I kind of equate the family physician to a point guard of a basketball team: we need to make sure everyone in our healthcare team is in the right position to best take care of our patients.

My hobbies includes working out (p90x!!), playing basketball and football, hanging out with friends, watching the Knicks, Yankees, and Giants (the best teams ever), and of course studying medicine! Oh yeah, I am also pretty good at trivia…just ask Ian and Jessica.

Mary A. Wojtyk, M.D.
Albany Medical College

I come from the wonderful Great White North, where 50% of doctors are Family Practitioners, and universal health care is the norm. As a non-traditional med student, I first graduated from Canada's Queen’s University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. After working on several international engineering projects, including development work in Bolivia, imprinted polymers in the UK, and an exchange program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I went on to work in biotech in Cambridge, MA. The first job that brought me to the U.S. was for Acambis (now Sanofi-Pasteur), where I was fortunate enough to work on the new smallpox vaccine for the U.S. government. I then moved on to working at Biogen Idec, on various drugs against Multiple Sclerosis and cancer. Biogen partially sponsored me to go back to graduate school, to get a Master’s from the Harvard University's Extension School in Biotechnology, and I became brave enough to apply to medical school in 2007.

I  loved being at AMC for medical school - it is geographically perfect for my family and I - and have been most impressed at how the FM program is dedicated to community service and to helping our fellow man.  I'm very happy to have stayed here for residency.