Meet Our Residents

 

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Sharnam Ahmed, DOSharnam

Hometown: so many!!! New York, Dhaka and Huntington  
Undergrad: Stony Brook University  
Medical school: NYITCOM  
Favorite thing about Long Island: Montauk and all the fresh seafood!  
Famous person you want to meet: Ranveer Singh- my favorite Bollywood star!  
Favorite cartoon character: Power Puff Girls, As Told By Ginger.  
Favorite food: my mom’s sweet dishes!!! She makes the best traditional Bengali sweet dishes.  
Hidden talent: self taught Bollywood dancer 
Dream job growing up as a kid: an actress 

 

 


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Barbara Badio, MD 
   
Hometown: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Undergrad:  Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
Medical school: CUNY School of Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: parents are close by so I can casually shop in their fridge.
Famous person you want to meet : I just want to spend a weekend at the Obama's
Favorite cartoon character: it's a tie between Mikasa and Levi from
Attack on Titan
Favorite food: Sweet plantains and Haitian black rice
Hidden talent: great at facial recognition , horrible with names
Dream job growing up as a kid: ballerina
 


Shelby Buckner, MDbuckner

Hometown: Augusta, GA
Undergrad:  Augusta University
Medical school: Medical College of Georgia
Favorite thing about Long Island: The history 
Famous person you want to meet: Dolly Parton
Favorite cartoon character: Spongebob
Favorite food: Anything I've never tried before
Hidden talent: Ukulele 
Dream job growing up as a kid: Marine Biologist or Vet

 


Gloria Coden, MD                                                                                     coden

Hometown: Bronx, NY
Undergrad:  Washington University in St. Louis
Medical school: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Favorite thing about Long Island: Fire Island
Favorite cartoon character: Yoda
Favorite food: Mac and Cheese
Hidden talent: Freestyle Snowboarding
Dream job growing up as a kid: Ballet Dancer
 


Ryan Dunne, DOdunne

Hometown: Miller Place, New York 
Undergrad:  Stony Brook University 
Medical school: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Favorite thing about Long Island:  Surfing adventures in Montauk with my brother and friends 
Famous person you want to meet: Barack Obama 
Favorite cartoon character: Stewie Griffin  
Favorite food:  Seared Ahi Tuna with some sort of delicious vegetable 
Hidden talent:  Self-proclaimed semi-professional car-singer 
Dream job growing up as a kid:  Professional Surfer 
 


Alexander Jares, MD, PhDjares

Hometown: New York, NY
Undergrad: Yale University
Medical school: Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
Favorite thing about Long Island: sunsets at the beach
Famous person you want to meet: Jennifer Doudna
Favorite cartoon character: Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory
Favorite food: Dosas (Hicksville has the best on Long Island)
Hidden talent: speaking Czech
Dream job growing up as a kid: artist 

 

 


Kewa Jiang, MDjiang

Hometown: Glastonbury, CT/Shenzhen, China
Undergrad: University of Connecticut
Medical school: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: Is that I don't have to drive through NYC traffic to get to work 
Famous person you want to meet: Keanu Reeves
Favorite cartoon character(s): Toph from Avatar and Gyro from JJBA (technically anime but whatever)
Favorite food: Everything dessert and spicy  
Hidden talent: I can flex individual fingers and my pinky toe independently without the other ones moving
Dream job growing up as a kid: Super soldier that saves the world from
extraterrestrial threats (think Commander Shepard or Masterchief)

 


Rebecca Lorenzana, MDlorenzana

Hometown: Bay Area, CA
Undergrad: Harvard 
Medical School: New York Medical College
Favorite thing about Long Island: Beatiful green landscapes in the summer
Famous person you want to meet: Just happy to spend time with friends and family! 
Favorite cartoon character: So many choices! 
Favorite food: Good cup of coffee!
Hidden talent: Chocolate tasting 
Dream job growing up as a kid: Professional coffee taster 
 

 


Juliana McBroom, MDmcbroom

Hometown: North Kingstown, RI
Undergrad: Quinnipiac University
Medical school: Frank H. Netter SOM at QU
Favorite thing about Long Island: the beaches!
Famous person you want to meet: Ina Garten
Favorite cartoon character: Lilo 
Favorite food: Pizza
Hidden talent: tap dancing
Dream job growing up as a kid: Ballerina
 

 


Haran Mennillo, MDmennillo

Hometown: Barrington, RI
Undergrad:  University of Rhode Island
Medical school: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Favorite thing about Long Island: Everywhere is close to the water
Famous person you want to meet: Gordon Ramsay
Favorite cartoon character: Uncle Iroh
Favorite food: Noodles
Hidden talent: Finding Four-Leaf-Clovers
Dream job growing up as a kid: Scientist

 

 


Nicole Mundackal, MDmundackal


Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
Undergrad: Siena College
Medical school: Albany Medical College
Favorite thing about Long Island: All the spots to watch the beautiful sunsets!
Famous person you want to meet: Beyoncé 
Favorite cartoon character: JackJack from the Incredibles 
Favorite food: My mom’s food, specifically chicken biriyani.
I also have a weakness for Thai food.
Hidden talent: Planning events and trips 
Dream job growing up as a kid: A pediatrician (LOL)
but also a Disney Channel star

 

 


Eli Solymani, MDsolymani

Hometown: Sunnyvale/Los Angeles, CA
Undergrad: UCLA
Medical school: Sackler SOM/Tel Aviv University
Favorite thing about Long Island: The deer!
Famous person you want to meet: Bill Gates
Favorite cartoon character: Homer Simpson
Favorite food: pizza, pizza, pizza- all day
Hidden talent: writing haikus
Dream job growing up as a kid: firefighter, gardener, quarterback,
car reviewer 
 

 


Kaiser Valshon, MDvalshon

Hometown: Seattle, WA 
Undergrad:  University of Washington
Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: Trees/nature everywhere
Famous person you want to meet: Amy Poehler
Favorite cartoon character: Various pokemon
Favorite food: Tandoori chicken
Hidden talent: 3D digital art, training my dog to do cool tricks
Dream job growing up as a kid: Veterinarian or singer/actor

 

 


 

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Leora Allen, MDLeora

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Undergrad: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Medical school: Sackler School of Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: How close it is to beaches, vineyards, and NYC. There's so much to do!
Famous person you want to meet: Ruth Bader Ginsberg 
Favorite cartoon character: Spinelli (from Recess)
Favorite food: Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream
Hidden talent: Painting

 

 


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Shantel Apeseche, MD     
Hometown: Queens, NY and Kissimmee, FL
Undergrad: Cornell University 
Medical school: Drexel University College of Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: The true experience of 4 seasons! Beaches in the Summer, Apple picking in the Fall,
Botanical Gardens in the Spring, and...
winterizing my pool in the Winter?
Famous person you want to meet: Sophie Turner
Favorite cartoon character: Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z (Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta is my fave iteration)
Favorite food: Oysters, Sushi, any and all seafood!
Hidden talent: Pokemon Master, but I'm really good at untangling knots 
Dream job growing up as a kid: Child TV star (I gave up at age 25)


Ryan Aubrey, MDRyan

Hometown:  Parkland, FL
Undergrad: University of Florida 
Medical school: Tufts University School of Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: The Beaches
Famous person you want to meet: Buzz Aldrin
Favorite cartoon character: Patrick Star
Favorite food: Ice Cream
Hidden talent: Skydiving
Dream job growing up as a kid: Astronaut

 


Allison Beattie, DOAllie

Hometown: Warwick, RI
Undergrad: Fairfield University
Medical school: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: The beautiful vineyards and beaches
Famous Person you want to meet: Ellen Pompeo
Favorite cartoon character: Squidward
Favorite food: pesto tortellini
Hidden talent: I can crochet cozy blankets!
Dream job growing up as a kid: artist or marine biologist

 


Katie Brown, MDKatie

Hometown: White Plains, NY
Undergrad: University of Albany
Medical school: New York Medical College
Favorite thing about Long Island: The beaches!
Famous person you want to meet: Bernie Sanders
Favorite cartoon character: Kakashi Hatake
Favorite food: French fries
Hidden talent: I'm a pretty decent drummer
Dream job growing up as a kid: Doctor!

 


Brittani Campelo, DOcampelo

Hometown: Millstone Township, NJ
Undergrad: University of Miami
Medical school: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: There's a beach within 20 minutes of everywhere you go
Famous person you want to meet: The Rock
Favorite cartoon character: Ash Ketchum
Favorite food: Literally everything
Hidden talent: I can list the capitols of all 50 states (thanks Animaniacs)
Dream job growing up as a kid: Veterinarian

 


Karen Dermer, DOKaren

Hometown: Valley Stream, NY
Undergrad: Binghamton University
Medical school: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: Beaches, Vineyards, and farms all within driving distance!
Famous person you want to meet: Michelle Obama
Favorite cartoon character: Courage the Cowardly Dog
Favorite food: My mom's Lamb Plov 
Hidden talent: Guessing the endings of movies
Dream job growing up as a kid: Doctor!

 

 

 


Russell Himmelstein, MDRussell

Hometown: Winter Park, FL
Undergrad: Rollins College
Medical school: Robert Larner MD, College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
Favorite thing about Long Island: Family, beaches, bagels
Famous person you want to meet: Bernie Sanders
Favorite cartoon character: Dory from Finding Nemo
Favorite food: Spaghetti and meatballs
Hidden talent: I have a black belt in tae kwon do
Dream job growing up as a kid: Doctor (go figure!)

 


Kaitlyn Krebushevski, DOKaiti

Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Undergrad: Cornell University
Medical school: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: Being close to the water AND the city!
Famous person you want to meet: Michelle Obama, Jillian Michaels
Favorite cartoon character: Kim Possible
Favorite food: Baked Mac n' Cheese, Guacamole, Ice cream
Hidden talent:  Baking healthy sweets that don't taste healthy!
Dream job growing up as a kid: Architect

 


Sean O'Connor, MDo'connor

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania 
Medical school: Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook
Favorite thing about Long Island: the north fork, the beaches and the golf
Famous person you want to meet: Shia Labeouf                                                                                          
Favorite cartoon character: I loved the simpsons growing up, but probably Gene Belcher
Favorite food: For dessert, Creme Brûlée. Also just love bread and carbs
Hidden talent: geography, I know where stuff is
Dream job growing up as a kid: I wanted to own a joke shop

 


Bryce Schroeder, MD, PhDBryce

Hometown: Marysville, CA
Undergrad:  California State University
Medical school: Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook
Favorite thing about Long Island: Convenient access to NYC without the
unpleasantness of living there as a non-rich person
Famous person you want to meet: Whichever one is most likely to be
susceptible to elevator pitches
Favorite cartoon character: Gadget Hackwrench
Favorite food: Sino-Indian cuisine is amazing
Hidden talent: Wouldn't be hidden anymore if I told people
Dream job growing up as a kid: Computer game programmer, but it turns
out they are even more economically exploited than doctors.

 


Tanmai Shah, MDTanmai

Hometown: Floral Park, NY
Undergrad:  CUNY Brooklyn College
Medical school: State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: It's got everything. Nature, easy access to the city, amazing restaurants, museums, parks, hiking trails, beaches, sea ports, and so much more!
Famous person you want to meet: Neil deGrasse Tyson-I'm a giant space nerd
Favorite cartoon character: Double D from Ed, Edd n Eddy
Favorite food: Italian/Mexican Cuisine 
Hidden talent:  Semi-decent Ukulele playing
Dream job growing up as a kid:  Pokemon Trainer/Video Game Tester

 


Joye Wang, DOJoyce

Hometown: Fresh Meadows, NY
Undergrad:  New York University 
Medical school: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: The abundance of nature
Famous person you want to meet: Benedict Cumberbatch
Favorite cartoon character: Dexter
Favorite food: Buffalo wings
Hidden talent: Javelin thrower
Dream job growing up as a kid: Pediatrician

 


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Nadia Asif, MDasif

Hometown: New Fairfield, CT; Ravenna, OH, and Benicia, CA
Undergrad: Kent State University, OH
Medical school: Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
Favorite thing about Long Island: Quiet, suburban environment surrounded by farms, beaches, and the
big city!
Famous person you want to meet: Hayao Miyazaki
Favorite cartoon character:  Pusheen the cat ^.^
Favorite food: Pakistani/Indian cuisine
Hidden talent: Multiplying large numbers in my head
Dream job growing up as a kid: Professional food taster

 

 


Linda Camacho, MD

Hometown: Brownsville, TX
Undergrad: University of Texas at Brownsville
Medical school: Albany Medical College
Favorite thing about Long Island: Always something to do, super safe and clean
Famous person you want to meet: Cardi B
Favorite cartoon character: Pinky and the Brain and Bugs Bunny
Favorite food: Steak
Hidden talent: I can sleep anywhere and anytime
Dream job growing up as a kid: Astronomer

 


Mallory Carson, DO

Hometown: Bellerose, NY
Undergrad: The College of William and Mary
Medical school: NYIT College of Osteopathic MedicineFavorite thing about Long Island: The beach!
Famous person you want to meet: Lady Gaga
Favorite cartoon character: Vanellope Von Schweetz
Favorite food: Chips and guacamole
Hidden talent: I'm a dancer!
Dream job growing up as a kid: Radio City Rockette

 


Efren Diaz, MD

Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergrad: FIU
Medical school: FIU HWCOM
Favorite thing about Long Island: Excellent Food Choices
Famous person you want to meet: Bill Burr
Favorite cartoon character: Woody Pride
Favorite food: Cuban food (all of it)
Hidden talent: Digital design/sketching
Dream job growing up as a kid: Martial Artist

 


Bertina Loui, DO

Hometown:Camarillo, CA
Undergrad: UCLA
Medical school: Midwestern University, AZCOM
Favorite thing about Long Island: My co-interns and seasons
Famous person you want to meet:Tom Hanks
Favorite cartoon character: Simba or Patrick Star
Favorite food: Pizza
Hidden talent: Drawing all the things
Dream job growing up as a kid: Disney Imagineer

 


Rebecca Polchinski, DO

Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Undergrad: Tulane University
Medical school: NYIT- COM
Favorite thing about Long Island: Beaches, parks
Famous person you want to meet: Roger Federer
Favorite cartoon character: Spongebob
Favorite food: Homemade lasagna
Hidden talent: Karaoke singing
Dream job growing up as a kid: Ballerina

 


Ashley Saint-Fleur, MD

Hometown: Hempstead, NY
Undergrad: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York
Medical school: New York Medical College
Favorite thing about Long Island: Living so close to my family - especially my newborn nephew!
Famous person you want to meet: Issa Rae
Favorite cartoon character: Tie between Susie Carmichael and Kim Possible
Favorite food: Pizza
Hidden talent: I'm really good a learning song lyrics
Dream job growing up as a kid: I wanted to be an angel when I grew up - wings and all!

 


Mary Helen Schwartz, MD

Hometown: Oreland, PA
Undergrad:  Bucknell University--B.S. in Biomedical Engineering 
Medical school:  Lewis Katz SOM at Temple University
Favorite thing about Long Island: Being so close to the ocean!
Famous person you want to meet: Oof, that's tough.  At this point, meeting Ruth Bader Ginsburg or J.K. Rowling woul be amazing.
Favorite cartoon character: Eliza Thornberry
Favorite food: Cheese <3
Hidden talent: A cappella
Dream job growing up as a kid: "Famous Artist"

 


Raizada (Akhil) Vaid

Hometown: Old Westbury, NY
Undergrad:  University of Rochester
Medical school: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Favorite thing about Long Island: The Pizza
Famous person you want to meet: Steph Curry
Favorite cartoon character: Jimmy Neutron
Favorite food:  Pani-Puri
Hidden talent:  Juggling Devil Sticks
Dream job growing up as a kid: Food Critic

 


Christine Walters, MD

Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Undergrad: University of Oklahoma
Medical school: Universityof Oklahoma College of Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: The trees!
Famous person you want to meet: Lana Del Rey
Favorite cartoon character:  Stitch 
Favorite food: Hot chocolate
Hidden talent: I can unicycle and juggle (but not at the same time)
Dream job growing up as a kid: Spider-Man

 


Casey Weiser, MD

Hometown: Forest Hills, NY
Undergrad: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
Medical school: SUNY Downstate
Favorite thing about Long Island: Port Jeff, the quiet at night
Famous person you want to meet: #1 was J.K. Rowling, bucket list checked, so #2 is Mariska Hargitay
Favorite cartoon character: Mulan
Favorite food:DimSum, Chicken Parm, Sushi
Hidden talent: If I say it, it won't be hidden anymore!
Dream job growing up as a kid: Veterinarian, Broadway Actress