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Meet Our Residents

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Stergiani (Stella) Agorastas, DO
Hometown:   Commack, NY
Undergrad:   Stony Brook University
Medical school:   Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island:   The beaches. Fire Island on the 4th of July! The Vineyards.
Famous person you want to meet:   Tie between Anthony Hopkins and Liam Neeson
Favorite cartoon character:   Patrick Star
Favorite food:   Lobster, olives, and cheese
Hidden talent:   I enjoy cooking
Dream job growing up as a kid:   Doctor

 


Image Andrew DoughertyAndrew Dougherty, MD
Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Undergrad: Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
Medical school: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Favorite thing about long island: Living out of the city and in a quieter area while still being close enough to take a day trip.
Famous person you want to meet: Barack Obama
Favorite cartoon character: Wile E. Coyote
Favorite food: Steamed blue crabs
Hidden talent: cooking creative dishes
Dream job growing up as a kid: National Geographic Explorer

 

 


 image Ommul FatmiOmmul Fatmi, DO
Hometown:   Hamilton, NJ
Undergrad:   The College of New Jersey
Medical school:   Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island:   Always being close to the Beach and the City
Famous person you want to meet:   Michelle Obama
Favorite cartoon character:   Mulan
Favorite food:   Anything yummy 
Hidden talent:   Being gracefully clumsy
Dream job growing up as a kid:   Famous Author


imageJoshua Glass, MD
Hometown:   Rochester, NY
Undergrad:   University of Pittsburgh
Medical school:   Sackler School of Medicine, NYS/American Program of Tel Aviv University 
Favorite thing about Long Island:   Port Jeff!
Famous person you want to meet:   Ever think about how awesome a dinner with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake would be?
Favorite cartoon character:   Bugs Bunny
Favorite food:   Garbage plates - https://www.thespruceeats.com/famous-garbage-plate-rochester-new-york-10...
Hidden talent:   I can roller skate backwards
Dream job growing up as a kid:   Quarterback of the Buffalo Bills

 

 


imageSara Gungor, MD
Hometown: Glen Head, NY 
Undergrad: University at Albany
Medical school: St. George's University
Favorite thing about Long Island: I've always loved two things about growing up here. First, you truly experience the four seasons and ALL of the activities that go along with them. Second, we are right outside NYC! It's amazing to be able to enjoy the city during free time, then escape the chaos to come home to Long Island.
Famous person you want to meet: Ellen Degeneres
Favorite cartoon character: Angelica Pickles
Favorite food: Anything with cheese or avocado|
Hidden talent: I can dance - tap and hip-hop are my favorites!
Dream job growing up as a kid: Lawyer. Left the dark side and came to medicine!

 

 

 



imageRachel Herold, MD
Hometown:   Chicago and New York
Undergrad:  Cornell University
Medical school:   Albert Einstein College of Medicine 
Favorite thing about Long Island:   the Dairy Barn drive thrus! You can get anything! Also beautiful trees everywhere.
Famous person you want to meet:   Michelle Obama 
Favorite cartoon character:   Gus Gus, from cinderella 
Favorite food:   Chocolate chip cookies, mozarella sticks, banana bread 
Hidden talent:   Swimmer (formerly) 
Dream job growing up as a kid:  oceanographer (I thought that meant swimming with dolphins)

 

 

 

 


Simran Jutla, MD
Hometown: Springfield, MO
Undergrad/Medical school: Combined BA/MD Program at University of Missouri-Kansas City
Favorite thing about Long Island: I love being so close to the ocean, especially after growing up in Missouri! I also love how easy it is to pop into the city on weekends.
Famous person you want to meet: 3-way tie between Julie Andrews, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and JK Rowling.  I couldn’t possibly choose!
Favorite cartoon character: D.W. from Arthur
Favorite food: Thai Food. 
Hidden talent: I can sing!
Dream job growing up as a kid: Ballerina

 


imageJessica Krugman, MD
Hometown:   Livingston, NJ
Undergrad:   Emory University
Medical school:   St. George’s University
Favorite thing about Long Island:   the beaches!
Famous person you want to meet:   Blake Lively 
Favorite cartoon character:   Babar the elephant 
Favorite food:   sushi/ice cream/ chocolate/ cookies- I can't choose one 
Hidden talent:   I am good at painting nails 
Dream job growing up as a kid:   ice cream taste tester

 


ImageMichael Merolla, MD
Hometown:   Three Bridges
Undergrad:   Rutgers
Medical School:   St. George’s
Favorite thing about Long Island:   There’s ocean everywhere 
Famous person you want to meet:   James Gandolfini 
Favorite cartoon character:   Tina Belcher 
Favorite food:   cheeses 
Hidden talent:   ping pong 
Dream job growing up as a kid: chemist

 

 


Michel MerollaGregory Mooney, MD

 

 

 

 

 


 


Image Nwmara OgbonnaNwamara Ogbonna, MD
Hometown: Bowie,MD
Undergrad/Medical School: Howard University 6yr BS/MD Program
Favorite thing about Long Island: One thing I love about Long Island is that it reminds me so much of my hometown of Bowie MD. I also love that it’s so close to the water and has an ice cream parlor on almost every corner. Lol
Famous person you want to meet: Janet Jackson 
Favorite cartoon character: Buttercup from Powerpuff Girls
Favorite food: Tacos/Nachos
Hiddent Talent: Interior design and wig making
Dream job growing up as a kid: Veterinarian or storm chaser

 

 

 


imageKate Shapiro, MD
Hometown: Clifton, NJ
Undergrad: Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University
Medical School: Stony Brook
Favorite thing about Long Island: The beautiful weather in the summertime 
Famous person you want to meet: Hellen Keller
Favorite cartoon character: Woody the cowboy
Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese
Hidden talent: Candid photos 
Dream job growing up as a kid: Open heart surgeon 

 

 

 

 

 


imagePianpian Wu, DO
Hometown:  Belmont, MA
Undergrad:   Tufts University
Medical school:   University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Favorite thing about Long Island:   The fact that we're surrounded by WATER!
Famous person you want to meet:   Ellen DeGeneres 
Favorite cartoon character:  SpongeBob SquarePants 
Favorite food:   Hotpot or Japanese Ramen 
Hidden talent:   I can flip my tongue 180 degrees 
Dream job growing up as a kid:   Anything that would make me famous and rich

 

 

 


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imageAmira, Beeber, MD
Hometown: Atlanta 
Undergrad: University of Virginia 
Medical school: Sackler SOM, Tel Aviv, Israel 
Favorite thing about long island: sleepovers with coresidents who let me crash by them when I don't want to commute to Queens
Famous person you want to meet: Jonathan Safran Foer
Favorite cartoon character: Daria
Favorite food: anything sweet, probably my mother's cheesecake
Hidden talent: vegan baking
Dream job growing up as a kid: veterinarian or storm chaser

 


imageKayla Bracy, MD
Hometown: Commack, NY
Undergrad: Colgate University
Medical school: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Favorite thing about long island: Summer days with family and friends
Famous person you want to meet: Janelle Monae
Favorite cartoon character: Dumbo's mom
Favorite food: Mac n Cheese
Hidden talent: Becoming Ms. Frizzle, one crazy printed dress at a time
Dream job growing up as a kid: Clown

 

 


imageEdgar Flores, MD

 

 

 


 


ImageRobert Grell, MD
Hometown:  Melville, NY|
Undergrad: American University / Washington, D.C.
Medical school:  The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences / Washington, D.C.
Favorite thing about long island: The surf and beach
Famous person you want to meet: Terry Crews
Favorite cartoon character: Batman (from Batman, The Animated Series, obviously)
Favorite food: anything on a grill
Hidden talent:  I like to build cryptocurrency GPU miners
Dream job growing up as a kid: Batman

 

 


imageNoy Halevy, MD
Hometown: Manhattan, New York
Undergrad: Binghamton University SUNY
Medical school: Sackler SOM New York Program
Favorite thing about long island: The hamptons! And cute seasonal activities, like apple cider donuts, pumpkin picking, and lavender farms
Famous person you want to meet: Beyonce, Steven Colbert
Favorite cartoon character: Tweety
Favorite food: ice cream
Hidden talent: I love oil painting, and I have been working on a series of hipster dogs
Dream job growing up as a kid: Princess. But we can’t all be Megan Merkle…

 


imageSarah Justvig, MD
Hometown: Garden City, New York
Undergrad: Georgetown University
Medical school: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: Proximity to beaches, trails, tennis courts, and fun eateries
Famous person you want to meet: Idina Menzel
Favorite cartoon character: Ms. Frizzle (The Magic School Bus)
Favorite food: Cookie dough ice cream
Hidden talent: Perfect pitch (I love playing music and singing with my patients!)
Dream job growing up as a kid: Staff member at Woodloch Pines

 


imageSiri Kommareddy, MD
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Undergrad: University of Missouri, Kansas City
Medical school: University of Missouri, Kansas City
Favorite thing about long island: beaches and going out on the boat.  Greenport and Montauk as well!
Famous person you want to meet: Beyonce
Favorite cartoon character: Spongebob Squarepants
Favorite food: tie between pad thai and chocolate lava cake
Hidden talent: I'm a great lacrosse player
Dream job growing up as a kid: be a pop star and tour with my band on a tour bus across the world

 

 


imageNeelam Pandhi, MD
Hometown:   Hicksville, NY
Undergrad:   NYU
Medical school:   Ross university
Favorite thing about Long Island:  my family
Famous person you want to meet:  Oprah Winfrey
Favorite cartoon character:  boo from monsters inc
Favorite food:  Greek
Hidden talent:   Indian Bollywood dancer
Dream job growing up as a kid:  Wonder Woman

 


imageRichard Pongvitayapanu, MD
Hometown: Copiague, New York
Undergrad: Cornell Univerisity
Medical school: SUNY Downstate
Favorite thing about long island: it's home
Famous person you want to meet: Dwyane Wade
Favorite cartoon character: Richard from Unikitty
Favorite food: Hamburgers
Hidden talent: Crochetting
Dream job growing up as a kid: Sports Analyst

 


Tasmia RezwamTasmia Rezwam, MD
Hometown:Baltimore
Undergrad:Univ. Of Rochester
Medical school: Univ. Of Maryland
Favorite thing about long island: close to beaches!
Famous person you want to meet: Tom Coliccio (To Chef)
Favorite cartoon character: Totoro (anime)
Favorite food:Steak!
Hidden talent: Im pretty crafty
Dream job growing up as a kid: owning a bakery

 

 

 


Image Adam RussmanAdam Russman, MD
Hometown: Detroit
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Favorite thing about Long Island: Living closer to, and being able to spend time with, my sister.
Famous person you want to meet: Alive - Warren Buffett. I’d love to pick the mind of such an economic leader. Dead - Albert Einstein. It’d be interesting to hear his view points on developments in physics since his death.
Favorite cartoon character: Fozzie Bear from Muppet Babies.
Favorite food: Dark chocolate
Hidden talent: Unicycling
Dream job growing up as a kid: Cartoonist. I’ve always loved drawing.

 

 


Cristina Vo, MD
Hometown:   Jersey City, NJ
Undergrad:   Rutgers
Medical school:   Rutgers
Favorite thing about Long Island:   All the outdoor activites; beaches, farms, parks with hiking trails, vineyards 
Famous person you want to meet:   Oprah 
Favorite cartoon character:   Tommy Pickles 
Favorite food:   Sushi, ice cream 
Hidden talent:   Making ice cream cakes 
Dream job growing up as a kid:   Police officer, interior designer

 


imageJessie Zhang, MD
Hometown: I was born in China, but moved to the US when I was 5. 
Undergrad: UNC Chapel Hill — Go Heels!!
Medical school: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Favorite thing about long island: It has beaches all around, but also has 4 seasons! That’s pretty rare. 
Famous person you want to meet: Robin Williams, if were he still alive. 
Favorite cartoon character: Classic Spider-Man 
Favorite food: Noodles anything. 
Hidden talent: I can type faster than people can dictate on Dragon.
Dream job growing up as a kid: Fossil excavator. And astronaut.

 


 

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imageAshwin Agrawal, DO

 


 

 

 


imageTova Chein, DO
Hometown:  Jerusalem Birth to 21, Brooklyn 21 to present
Undergrad:   Brooklyn College
Medical school:   Touro COM
Favorite thing about Long Island:   sun rise and the beach 
Famous person you want to meet:   Megan Follows. Anne of Green Gables was my favorite childhood movie 
Favorite cartoon character:   Pocahontas 
Favorite food:   Middleeastern food 
Hidden talent:  Cooking 
Dream job growing up as a kid:  Spy

 


ImageMina Ekladios, MD, MS 
Hometown: Hollywood, FL!
Undergrad: University of Miami! Go Canes!
Grad School: University of South Florida! The Bulls!
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine! The Mecca!
Favorite thing about Long Island: Having my daughter born here! And being close to the beach/ocean but also close to NYC!
Famous person you want to meet: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson!
Favorite cartoon character: the minions from Despicable Me!
Favorite food: Anything Egyptian/Mediterranean/my wife makes!
Hidden talent: Cooking and dancing, sometimes at the same time! And excellent use of exclamation points!
Dream job growing up as a kid: Power Ranger!

 


image Katherine GloverKatherine Glover, DO

 




Mohammed IbrahimMohammed Ibrahim, MD
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA (City of Champions)
Undergrad: Wake Forest University 
Medical school: Howard University
Favorite thing about long island: Beaches 
Famous person you want to meet: Barack 
Favorite cartoon character: Stewie Griffin
Favorite food: Nigerian
Hidden talent: DJ'ing 
Dream job growing up as a kid: Film Director

 


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Caitlin Keane, DO
Hometown: West Islip, NY
Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University
Medical school: NYCOM
Favorite thing about long island: Beach/water/boating and my family
Famous person you want to meet: Toss up - Carrie Underwood vs. Keith Urban
Favorite cartoon character: Another toss up – Minnie Mouse vs. Tinker Bell
Favorite food: Seafood
Hidden talent: I can walk in a handstand almost as long as I can walk on my feet
Dream job growing up as a kid: Dolphin trainer

 


ImageSashka (Sasha)Luque, MD
Hometown: White Plains, NY (I guess it’s the place I’ve spent the most time growing up)
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania, we are super serious about Ben Franklin!
Medical school: University of Virginia, we are super serious about Thomas Jefferson!
Favorite thing about Long Island:  outlet shopping and the beach or Magic Fountain Ice cream
Famous person you want to meet: That changes depending on whatever mood I’m in or fascinating fact I discover, Zelda Fitzgerald might be fun, but so would John Oliver.
Favorite cartoon character: Any of the kids from Bob’s Burgers or anyone from Adventure Time. 
Favorite food: Afghan Kebobs with Rice, Peruvian Ceviche, the list goes on and on.
Hidden talent: I can make burritos…..disappear!
Dream job growing up as a kid: 1) checkout clerk with the price gun 2) Independently wealthy living with my pet whale in my bathroom 3) Becoming the female Indiana Jones

 

 


imageDenisse Reyes, MD
Hometown: Bound Brook, NJ
Undergrad: Rutgers - New Brunswick
Medical school: New Jersey Medical School
Favorite thing about long island: Views
Famous person you want to meet: Michelle Obama
Favorite cartoon character: N/A
Favorite food: Chocolate
Hidden talent: N/A
Dream job growing up as a kid: Fashion Designer

 


imageDaniela Titchiner, MD
Hometown:   Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Undergrad:   Gordon College
Medical school:   Ross University
Favorite thing about Long Island:  I love the summers! The ability to be on the water at any time is amazing. The Hamptons. The Big Duck. Montauk. Fire island. Huntington. Port Jefferson.
Famous person you want to meet:   Julie Andrews 
Favorite cartoon character:   Winnie the Pooh 
Favorite food:   I love anything middle eastern or Mediterranean. Hummus. Ketchup. Grapes. Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Sprinkles.
Hidden talent:   I can sing and play the violin.
Dream job growing up as a kid:   Ice Skater

 

 

 


imageVarda Siddiqui, MD

 


 



John Strand, MD
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergrad: Valparaiso University (B.A. Music, Humanities)
Washington University in St. Louis (Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med)
Medical school: St. Louis University
Favorite thing about long island: Sunsets on the beach, restaurants & coffee shops in its many walkable villages
Famous person you want to meet: Historical figure: Leonardo Da Vinci Celebrity: George Clooney
Favorite cartoon character: The dynamic duo. Calvin & Hobbes.
Favorite food: Salmon, Savory salads, Sushi, & Barbeque Ribs.  And coffee.
Hidden talent: Finding puns. But some classmates would tell you I don't hide that talent... or that I'm not that talented. :)
Dream job growing up as a kid: Explorer