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Current Emergency Medicine Residents

PGY 4 - Class of 2021

 

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PGY 3
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Callee Heywood, DO
Chief Resident

Undergraduate: Union College
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia
Hometown: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Hobby/Interest: Ice Hockey and marathons
Fun Fact: I have experienced -55°F weather
Favorite Food: Maple syrup

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Katherine Lang, DO

Undergraduate: Philadelphia University
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Hi-Nella, NJ
Hobby/Interest:  Anything involving my dog and lifting weights
Fun Fact: I jumped off a bridge in Ecuador
Favorite Food: Pizza and tacos

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Amanda Pacheco


Amanda Pacheco, DO
Chief Resident

Undergraduate: Providence College, RI
Graduate School: Barry University, FL
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Barrington, RI
Hobby/Interest: Sports, love playing soccer, I’m a foodie and love trying new restaurants, being at the beach or by a pool, traveling... so many places on my bucket list!
Fun Fact: I’m 100% Portuguese and 1st generation American citizen
Favorite Food: Shrimp Mozambique and pizza

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Brianna Thiessen, DO

Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Hometown: Menifee, CA
Hobby/Interest: Being an aunt, sunshine, avocados, baseball, my pup
Fun Fact: I once went piranha fishing in the Amazon
Favorite food: My grandma's lasagna

PGY 3 - Class of 2022

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Andrew Leubitz, DO

Undergraduate: Ohio State University
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Akron, OH
Hobbies: Biking, travel, movies, cooking, long walks on the beach (got to love the classics)
Fun fact: I am part of one of eight sets of twins in my family

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Teagan Lukacs, DO

Undergraduate:Boston University
Medical School: A.T. Still University of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Hometown: Sodus Point, NY
Hobbies/Interest:  Alpine Ski racing, rugby and surfing
Fun Fact: I learned how to surf in Cape Town, South Africa and didn’t see one shark.

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Stephen Petrou, MD

Undergraduate: University of Western Ontario
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Hometown: Toronto ON, Canada
Hobbies/Interest: Cooking, surfing, photography and traveling
Fun Fact:  I've spent Christmas morning free diving with lemon sharks off the South Pacific Islands of Tahiti.

 

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Max Piazza, DO

Undergraduate: U.S. Air Force Academy
Medical School: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Hobbies/Interest: Hiking, climbing, underwater basket weaving, reading
Fun Fact: I caught a six foot long electric eel in the jungle.

 

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Michael Simon, DO

Undergraduate: Florida State University
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Archer, FL
Hobbies: Fishing, running, swimming
Fun/interesting fact: I spent ten days collecting insects in Suriname for the Florida Museum of Natural History.

 

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Nicole Vigh, DO

Nicole Vigh, DO

Undergraduate: Hofstra University
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology
Hometown: Holtsville, NY
Hobbies/Interest: CrossFit, Running, and getting my nails done
Fun Fact: I’m a second degree black belt!

 
 

   
   

 

PGY 2 - Class of 2023

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Anil Bhagavath

Anil Bhagavath, MD

Undergraduate: Tufts University
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Hometown: Huntington Station, NY
Hobbies/Interest: NY Islanders, Yankees, Giants and scuba diving
Fun Fact: I met my wife in Grenada, got married in Cancun and honeymooned in Punta Cana.

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Israel Castillo, DO

Undergraduate: Ave Maria University
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS
Hobbies/Interest: swimming, traveling, cooking and Medical Mission trips.
Fun Fact: I'm a baritone singer and love acting in plays.

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Stephen Elliott, DO

Undergraduate:New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Merrick, NY
Hobbies/Interest: sports, cooking, fantasy books & movies.
Fun Fact: If I wasn’t in medicine, I would have been a golf instructor or chef!

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Christopher Jones, MD

Undergraduate: Rutgers University
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Hometown: Bloomfield, NJ
Hobbies/Interest: The Great Outdoors...Triathlon, cycling, running, hiking, camping, snowboarding, cooking, guitar.
Fun Fact: I’ve ridden my bike over 10,000 miles!

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Leyla Kerimova, DO

Undergraduate: Brooklyn College
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Hobbies/Interest: I love watching movies (especially oldies), going to the gym and taking road trips. 
Fun Fact: I have a 4lb Teacup Yorkie and a 90lb Pitbull; they’re bestfriends!

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Santiago Lopez, MD

Undergraduate: Iowa State University, Ames IA
Medical School: Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico
Hometown: Skokie, IL
Hobbies/Interest: running, going to the gym, watching sports with my buddies, trying new food and being outdoors.
Fun Fact: While living in Mexico, I played a soccer league championship final in a professional soccer stadium!

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Zachary McCabe, MD

Undergraduate: Saint Anselm College
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Hometown: East Freetown, MA
Hobbies/Interest: weight lifting, running, boating, golfing, traveling, reading, exploring new restaurants and bars with friends and family. 
Fun Fact: I grew up farming cranberries on cranberry bogs. Yes! It is just like the commercials. 
 

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Casey Neville, DO, MS

Undergraduate: Florida International University
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Miami, FL
Hobbies: exercising, cooking ethnic foods, music and singing.
Fun fact: I was in the best acapella group in my medical school... it was the only acapella group.

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Anna Trtchounian, MD

Undergraduate: University of California, Riverside
Medical School: St. George's University
Hometown: La Crescenta, CA
Hobbies/Interest: Baking, dancing and solving puzzles
Fun Fact: I have lived in 4 countries and 5 states, so far. 

   

PGY 1 - Class of 2024

 

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Paxton Aung

Paxton Aung, DO

Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Harlem
Hometown: Queens, New York
Hobbies/Interest: Drawing / Sketching, music and playing video games.
Fun Fact: I have over 10,000 hours logged on a video game called DotA 2.

 

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Philip Giarrusso

Philip Giarrusso, DO

Undergraduate:Fordham University
Medical School: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Fort Salonga, New York
Hobbies/Interest: Cooking new foods, Playing basketball, Skiing, watching the NY rangers and NY Mets, Traveling, Movies / TV shows, Going to the gym.
Fun Fact: I was born at Good Samaritan Hospital.

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Samuel Hoffman

 

Samuel Hoffman, DO

Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Oceanside, New York
Hobbies/Interest: Going to the gym, Anything Sports related, Music, Netflix, Being an uncle.
Fun Fact: I once jumped off a 40 ft. cliff in Jamaica.

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Adam Mei

 

Adam Mei, DO

Undergraduate: Binghamton University
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Middletown
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Hobbies/Interest: Tennis, Weight-Lifting, Video games, Poker, Cooking, Traveling the world and trying new cuisines.
Fun Fact: I have received diplomas in Piano and Music Theory.

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Christina Rustscheff

 

Christina Rustscheff, MD

Undergraduate: Queens University of Charlotte
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Hobbies/Interest: Tennis, Peloton, and Running.
Fun Fact: Played Tennis for Team Canada at the World University Games in Russia in 2013.

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Shoshana Taube

 

Shoshana Taube, MD

Undergraduate: Yeshiva University: Stern College for Women
Medical School: Technion American Medical School
Hometown: Sharon, MA
Hobbies/Interest: Krav Maga, Horseback riding, and Painting.
Fun Fact: I worked on a farm for a year before starting college.
 

   
   

 

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