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Third Year Residents
Laura Bracknell, DO
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Undergraduate Institute and Major/Minor: University of Florida, Biology Major
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton
Professional/Medical Areas of Interest/Future Aspirations: Wellness, Nutrition, Preventative Medicine
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Sand Volleyball, Running, Hiking, Tennis, Yoga
Why I chose UH Geauga: I chose UH Geauga because I wanted a well-rounded residency experience with like-minded individuals that would equip me with the tools to provide exceptional care to my patients.
Favorite Quote: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Olivia DeMartini, DO
Hometown: Solon, Ohio
Undergraduate Institute and Major/Minor: The Ohio State University – Health Sciences
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional/Medical Areas of Interest/Future Aspirations: Lifestyle and Integrative Medicine, Women’s Health, OMT, Pediatrics
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, Painting, Gardening, Hiking with my dog
Why I chose UH Geauga: The location of this program is near home for me, and I wanted to train in the same area I plan to stay in post residency. Additionally, UH Geauga offers a unique experience of exposing residents to a diverse patient population by working in both rural and urban locations. Because we are within University Hospitals, training at the Geauga program provides the community hospital experience while still having the support of an academic institution. There’s an outpatient focus with great work life balance.
Favorite Quote: “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none” – Shakespeare
Anthony Holst, DO
Hometown: Orem, Utah
Undergraduate Institute and Major/Minor: Brigham Young University, B.S. Biophysics
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional/Medical Areas of Interest/Future Aspirations: Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
Personal Interests/Hobbies: basketball, hiking, dogs
Why I chose UH Geauga: Familiarity, Diversity of the program.
Favorite Quote: The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. – Socrates
Mohan Muvvala, DO
Hometown: Franklin, TN
Undergraduate Institute and Major/Minor: University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Biochemistry and Cellular, Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, minor in Psychology
Medical School: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional/Medical Areas of Interest/Future Aspirations: Integrative Medicine, Regenerative and Longevity Medicine
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, Singing, Dancing, Ukulele
Why I chose UH Geauga: I was interested in UH Geauga because you get to be a part of a community hospital with the resources of an academic center. I’m also encouraged that integrative medicine is part of the curriculum since that gives us a holistic approach to patient care.
Favorite Quote: “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – Alan Watts
Justin Quinette, DO
Hometown: Lone Tree, Colorado
Undergraduate Institute and Major/Minor: Marquette University: Biomedical Sciences with minor in Entrepreneurship
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional/Medical Areas of Interest/Future Aspirations: Sports medicine, preventative care
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Woodworking, painting, basketball, gardening, guitar
Why I chose UH Geauga: Friendly atmosphere, good training
Favorite Quote: “I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying” – Michael Jordan
Second Year Residents
John M. Allen
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Undergraduate Institute and Major/Minor: Wright State University, Biomedical Engineering (bachelors), Human Anatomy (masters)
Medical School: OU-HCOM, Dublin
Professional/Medical Areas of Interest/Future Aspirations: General FM, community health, addiction medicine
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Spoiling my dogs, watching soccer (go Crew!), trying new restaurants, playing video games, exploring the various Cleveland script signs
Why I chose UH Geauga: Truly great exposure to a wide variety of learning and practice environments, with urban, suburban and rural, as well as both community and academic hospitals
Favorite Quote: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.” – Leonard Nimoy
Wesley Baker, DO
Hometown: Dover, Ohio
Undergraduate Institution and Major/Minor: Walsh University - Biology with minor in Chemistry
Medical School: OUHCOM
Areas of interest: sports medicine, preventive care
Personal interests/hobbies: Cleveland Browns, hunting, gardening
Why I chose UH: I wanted to be trained by the official healthcare partner of the Cleveland Browns. Also, the program has a family feel to it. It's a friendly environment that facilitates personal growth while promoting a healthy work-life balance. Our faculty supports us when we need it.
Favorite quote: "A man's reach should exceed his grasp."
Brianna Gedeon, DO
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergraduate Institute and Major/Minor: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional/Medical Areas of Interest/Future: Outpatient FM, OMT/Sports Medicine
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Wrestling, Cooking, Weight Lifting, Traveling
Why I chose UH Geauga: It was important to me to stay in Cleveland. Even though I never rotated here, I just felt like on interview day like I fit! I was so ecstatic to have matched here.
Favorite Quote: “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent” ~ Calvin Coolidge
First Year Residents
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Undergraduate Institution and Major/Minor: University of South Florida- Major: Biomedical Sciences Major with Minor in Sociology
Medical school: Lincoln Memorial DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Areas of interest: Geriatrics
Personal interests/hobbies: Photography, Hiking
Why I chose UH: From my experiences in clinical rotations during my third and fourth years of medical school I found that UH really cared about its patients and its employees. I found that the family medicine program itself was small and had a very family-like atmosphere which I was looking for in a residency and being able to directly work one on one with your attending and even your program director was a huge plus. Plus I love living in NE Ohio with lots of things to do and a good diversity of its population.
Favorite quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
Susanne Natalie Janisz
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Undergraduate Institution and Major/Minor: University of Toronto : BSc in Psychology and French
Medical school: Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
Areas of interest: Women’s Health
Personal interests/hobbies: Hiking, Outdoor Sports, Traveling, Movies
Why I chose UH: I love the community aspect, the smaller residency program, and the support of the program
Favorite quote: Don’t rely on motivation for anything. It is fleeting and unreliable. Discipline however, is unyielding. Force yourself to follow through. - Anonymous
Melissa Smith, DO
Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science
Graduate: University of South Florida, Masters in Medical Sciences
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional/ Medical Areas of interest/ future aspirations: Still finding my niche, but I aim to have the knowledge, competence and skills to feel confident I am doing right by my patients
Why I chose UH Geauga:
- I knew I wanted to be in the Midwest. I had heard great things about the UH system and very much appreciated the smaller size, accessibility of attendings, and community-basis with connection to the larger institution for other resources and opportunities.
- Nonetheless, what really drew me in was my experience on interview day. Speaking with multiple residents and core faculty about their experiences, seeing their interactions, and noting their genuine happiness with the program, the “family feel” and supportive atmosphere was difficult to ignore. In my short time here, this has continued to prove true.
- “Oh yes, the past can hurt, but from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki, The Lion King
- “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.” – John Lennon
Hometown: Fier, Albania and Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate Institution and Major/Minor: N/A
Medical school: University of Medicine, Tirana
Areas of interest: Outpatient Primary Care, Woman’s Health, Preventive Medicine
Personal interests/hobbies: Basketball, gardening, travel and discovering new places
Why I chose UH: Ever since I visited University Hospitals for the first time, I felt it was the one I wanted to train and work in the future. This desire grew stronger during my rotations at UH Geauga Medical Center, where I found friendly personnel, an exceptional work environment, and doctors committed to excellence in clinical training and patient care. I felt I was part of a big family and that I belonged there. I consider myself lucky to have matched at this program, where every day I perceive the support and encouragement to learn and grow as a physician.
Favorite quote: “Just because something is difficult, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t TRY, it means you should just TRY HARDER”
Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
Undergraduate Institution and Major/Minor: Mercyhurst University – Biology major, Public Health minor
Medical school: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Areas of interest: Sports medicine, preventative care, integrative medicine, OMT
Personal interests/hobbies: soccer, running, reading, hiking with my family
Why I chose UH: I knew that UH would be a great fit for me when I came for my audition rotation during my fourth year of medical school. Everyone from the attendings, residents, to staff were all welcoming. I also felt that on my interview day UH had checked all the boxes I wanted in a family medicine program. I’m happy to be here to learn and grow as a physician!
Favorite quote: Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin