Meet Our Residents

PGY1


Leora Allen, MD

Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Undergrad: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Medical school: Sackler School of Medicine


Shantel Apeseche, MD

Hometown:  South Ozone Park, NY; Kissimmee, FL
Undergrad: Cornell University 
Medical school: Drexel University College of Medicine


Ryan Aubrey, MD

Hometown:  Parkland, FL
Undergrad: University of Florida 
Medical school: Tufts University School of Medicine


Allison Beattie, DO

Hometown: Warwick, RI
Undergrad: Fairfield University
Medical school: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine


Katie Brown, MD

Hometown: White Plains, NY
Undergrad: University of Albany
Medical school: New York Medical College


Brittani Campelo, DO

Hometown: Millstone Township, NJ
Undergrad: University of Miami
Medical school: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


Karen Dermer, DO

Hometown: Valley Stream, NY
Undergrad: Binghamton University
Medical school: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine


Karen Dermer, DO

Hometown: Valley Stream, NY
Undergrad: Binghamton University
Medical school: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine


Russell Himmelstein, MD

Hometown: Winter Park, FL
Undergrad: Rollins College
Medical school: Robert Larner MD, College of Medicine at the University of Vermont


Kaitlyn Krebushevski, DO

Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Undergrad: Cornell University
Medical school: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine


Sean O'Connor, MD

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania 
Medical school: Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook


Bryce Schroeder, MD, PhD

Hometown: Marysville, CA
Undergrad:  California State University
Medical school: Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook


Tanmai Shah, MD

Hometown: Floral Park, NY
Undergrad:  CUNY Brooklyn College
Medical school: State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine


Joye Wang, DO

Hometown: Fresh Meadows, NY
Undergrad:  New York University 
Medical school: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine


PGY2


Nadia Asif, MD

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

 


Mitchell Creed, MD

Hometown: Olathe, KS
Undergrad: University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!)
Medical school: University of Kansas School of Medicine (Grad School- Boston University School of Medicine)
Favorite thing about Long Island: Being able to explore the many great sites on the island with my bulldog.  Plus, living minutes away from the water and being just a short train ride to NYC!
Famous person you want to meet: Hugh Jackman, Taylor Swift, or Lizzo
Favorite cartoon character: Pluto
Favorite food: Kansas City BBQ, specifically burnt ends from LC's BBQ
Hidden talent: Rapping "Ice, Ice, Baby" and running the /r/oddlysatisfying subreddit
Dream job growing up as a kid: An actor

 


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

 


Samantha Williams, MD

Hometown: Syosset, NY
Undergrad:  Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education 
Medical school:  SUNY Downstate
Favorite thing about Long Island: My family and the beach
Famous person you want to meet: Barack and Michelle Obama (can't shoose)
Favorite cartoon character: Arnold from "Hey Arnold"
Favorite food: Garden Omelette and pancakes from IHOP
Hidden talent: Black and white photography
Dream job growing up as a kid:  Doctor

 


 

PGY3


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 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-101383
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

 


 

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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