House Staff

2021-2022 House Staff pictured outside Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

House Staff Contact Information

If you wish to contact our residents, please email Peds_Chiefs@uhhospitals.org.

Pediatric Chief Residents

Sian Best, MD

Sian Best, MD

Hometown: Champaign, IL (but originally from England!)
Undergrad: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Professional Interests: Hospitalist medicine, medical education, critical care
Personal Interests: Peloton, soccer, swimming, baking, playing with my two cats, reading, exploring restaurants
Why I Chose Rainbow: Everyone was so welcoming on my interview day, and the program was very supportive of resident wellness! I loved the size of the program, the 6+2 system that was being implemented, and the focus on medical education with opportunities to become more involved through the med ed track.
Favorite Thing About Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, Brandywine Falls, Little Italy, Ohio City, Luna Bakery, Inn on Coventry, Metroparks

Sonia Gera, MD

Sonia Gera, MD

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Undergrad: McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
Professional Interests: Pediatric hospitalist/pediatric endocrinology, medical education, Global Health
Personal Interests: Running, baking, making puzzles, trying new restaurants and bars!
Favorite Things About Cleveland: Running in beautiful parks, sitting outside at patio bars in the Flats, movies at Silverspot!

Ashley Markowski, DO

Ashley Markowski, DO

Hometown: Akron, OH
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA
Professional Interests: Neonatology; newborn health; breastfeeding
Personal Interests: Reading, hiking, Broadway musicals, tennis, wine tastings
Favorite Things About Cleveland: The Broadway shows that come to Playhouse Square are top notch! There is an amazing food, brewery and wine scene in the Northeast Ohio region that leaves never-ending options for foodies. There are several walking/biking/hiking trails not only in the Cuyahoga County region but also in several surrounding counties, such as Summit County (Akron, OH) within driving distance. Cleveland sports can have varying outcomes but Indians, Browns and Cavs games are always still enjoyable.

Justin Rondinelli, MD

Justin Rondinelli, MD, Med/Peds

Hometown: New Castle, PA
Undergrad: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Professional Interests: Primary care, transitions of care, academic medicine, medical education
Personal Interests: Running, cooking, skiing, traveling, exploring new restaurants, DIY home remodeling, spending time with friends and family – especially with my wife and our two children, Julian and Magdalena!
Favorite Things About Cleveland: Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland Museum of Art, Village of Chagrin Falls, Playhouse Square, The Cleveland Orchestra

Laura Schapiro, MD

Laura Schapiro, MD, Med/Peds

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Undergrad: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
Professional Interests: Hospital medicine, patient safety, transitional care
Personal Interests: Choral singing, hiking, eating Skyline chili, attending music festivals, loving on other people’s pets

PGY-1

Sathya Areti, MD

Sathya Areti, MD, Med/Peds

Hometown: Richmond, VA
Undergrad: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA
Professional Interests: Child Abuse and Neglect, Legislative Advocacy, Genetics, Medical Education
Personal Interests: Hiking, Tennis, Traveling, Cooking, Baking (anything with chocolate)
Why I Chose Rainbow: I loved the people I met during my interview and found amazing opportunities for research and advocacy for Cleveland’s extremely diverse population. I also really appreciated the emphasis on resident wellness with the X+Y schedule.

Aviva Beleck, MD

Aviva Beleck, MD

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Undergrad: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Medical School: Stony Brook University
Professional Interests: I love heme/onc, but not 100% positive what I will decide to further specialize in.
Personal Interests: I love to design and sew clothing – I used to want to be a Broadway costume designer! I love hiking and swimming and spending time outside.
Why I Chose Rainbow: I was really drawn to the comradery that I was able to see on my interview day, and the relationships between residents and attendings. I am also passionate about medical education, and am excited about the Med Ed track!

Saya Bery, MD

Saya Bery, MD

Hometown: West Chester, PA
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Professional Interests: Advocacy, public health, peer wellness and mental health.
Personal Interests: Trying new foods, traveling, creating floral arrangements, reading, knitting/crocheting, and being a plant mom.
Why I Chose Rainbow: On my interview day, I fell in love with the program, especially Rainbow’s focus and commitment to physician/resident wellness. As someone who cares deeply about peer wellness, I thought Rainbow seemed like a perfect fit! I also wanted a program that was devoted to the service of its community, providing opportunities for outreach and advocacy as a resident.

Raktima Datta, MD

Raktima Datta, MD

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergrad: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Medical Education & Advocacy
Personal Interests: Arts and crafts, cooking, trying new restaurants, readings, and all things Harry Potter.
Why I Chose Rainbow: All of the residents and PDs were super nice on my interview day, and I could tell the program was committed to resident wellness because of the 6+2 scheduling and strong mentorship. Cleveland looked like an awesome city too with all of the different foods to try/things to do. I knew that combination would help me become the best doctor I could be while maintaining my mental health.

Shanna Dorcin, MD

Shanna Dorcin, MD

Hometown: Westbury, NY
Undergrad: Quinnipiac University
Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Professional Interests: Mentoring (especially my fellow minorities in medicine!), Serving underserved communities
Personal Interests: TV Shows (especially True Crime and Reality TV), Movies (love a good Rom-Com) Cooking, Eating, Reading, Yoga.
Why I Chose Rainbow: I knew I could get great training here!

Melody Bellora Edmondson

Melody Bellora Edmondson, MD

Hometown: Holland, Michigan/San Diego, California
Undergrad: Point Loma Nazarene University
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Professional Interests: Critical care, cardiology, medical education, bench research
Personal Interests: Singing/choir, rock climbing, petting other people’s dogs, game nights
Why I Chose Rainbow: I couples matched with my husband (UH also has a fantastic neurology program) and we both loved the emphasis on medical education and the opportunities for different fellowships since we are both interested in specializing. I also remember from my interview day being super impressed by all the resources at Midtown Clinic to meet the specific needs of the community it serves.

Savannah Fotheringham, MD

Savannah Fotheringham, MD

Hometown: Red Bluff, CA
Undergrad: Point Loma Nazarene University
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Primary care pediatrics, advocacy, clinical and community research, patient and family education
Personal Interests: Travel, cooking, hiking, pediatric advocacy and education, community engagement, and family time
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose Rainbow for the family atmosphere, humanistic values, robust outpatient curricula, mentorship, diverse patient population, and great advocacy education and opportunities.

Ana Gonzalez Herrera, MD

Ana Gonzalez Herrera, MD

Hometown: Hermosillo, Mexico
Undergrad: Universidad de Monterrey
Medical School: Universidad de Monterrey
Professional Interests: Hematology/Oncology and Advocacy
Personal Interests: Anything outdoors like hiking, kayaking, and swimming, I also love cooking, so I’m open to any new recipes and finally I love reading anything from novels to history books.
Why I Chose Rainbow: I felt like I bonded so well with people on my interview day and loved that, also the great clinical and research opportunities we have and why not, the cute name of the hospital!!

Hanan Haydar, MD

Hanan Haydar

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Medical School: Beirut Arab University
Professional Interests: Infectious diseases, mainly multi drug resistant and emerging infections; Infection control, medical education and Advocacy
Personal Interests: Cooking, gardening, skincare/makeup, fashion, traveling
Why I Chose Rainbow: Proud to call Rainbow my home; when I joined this institution for my infectious diseases fellowship three years ago, I worked with fantastic faculty and mentors who shaped my life and helped me grow professionally and personally. At Rainbow, everyone is very thoughtful and passionate about medicine and medical education. Rainbow is a large academic center that respects patients and employee diversity. This place has excellent program leadership that will push you to be the best version of yourself every day.

Eleanora (“Ellie”) Hicks, MBBCh

Eleanora (“Ellie”) Hicks, MBBCh

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Undergrad: Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
Medical School: University College Dublin, Ireland
Professional Interests: Gastroenterology, hematology & oncology, patient advocacy
Personal Interests: cooking, swimming in the ocean, spending time with friends & family!
Why I Chose Rainbow: With interviews being online this year it was often hard to get a sense of the program – that was certainly not the case at Rainbow! The residents and faculty were warm and welcoming, and their genuine enthusiasm for pediatrics shone through! Additionally, their dedication to providing holistic care and advocating for their patients was admirable, and something I knew I wanted to be a part of!

Adriana Hoffman, MD

Adriana Hoffman, MD

Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergrad: University of Florida
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Professional Interests: Neonatology and Pulmonology
Personal Interests: Hiking with my dogs, baking and traveling
Why I Chose Rainbow: The residents I worked with as a medical student were exceptional- patient, kind, and always willing to teach and this extends to the faculty and fellows as well. Rainbow Babies feels like a second home to me and I love all the good food places and hiking trails of the MetroParks. Cleveland is an awesome place to continue my training!

Alexa (“AJ”) Jordahl, MD

Alexa (“AJ”) Jordahl, MD

Hometown: Plymouth Meeting, PA
Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Professional Interests: Academic medicine and medical education
Personal Interests: I love to be crafty and creative (knitting, crocheting, baking etc.), my fiancé Michael and I are looking into getting a puppy soon!
Why I Chose Rainbow: Rainbow has a great, well respected program with a good size and breadth of medicine, plus it was recommended to me by my preceptors in Pittsburgh. It’s also close to my friends and family back in Pittsburgh!

Courtney McCall, MD

Courtney McCall, MD

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Undergrad: University of Cincinnati
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Primary care, general pediatrics
Personal Interests: Cincinnati Reds baseball, spending time with my husband and pets, traveling, crime shows
Why I Chose Rainbow: The people – everyone I interacted with on my interview day was so friendly, supportive, and genuinely cared about one another. I immediately felt at home and knew I wanted to be a part of such an amazing program.

Bridgette McCormick, MD

Bridgette McCormick, MD

Hometown: Crown Point, Indiana
Undergrad: Indiana University Bloomington
Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Developmental and Behavioral pediatrics, Heme/onc, NICU, undecided! Community education and outreach.
Personal Interests: Hiking, painting, running, animal welfare and rescue
Why I Chose Rainbow: I felt like Rainbow in particular was really dedicated to resident education and had a lot of unique initiatives based on the goal of improving resident education, such as the Silver Junior rotation and X+Y schedule. I also love the diverse patient population and that this hospital system serves such a variety of patients from urban Cleveland to rural Ohio. They both come with their own unique health care challenges that I think really helps prepare Rainbow residents to be great pediatricians. I also felt that the faculty seemed really dedicated to serving the community and being a part of that community and meeting the specific needs of those it serves.

Taylor McDaniel, MD

Taylor McDaniel, MD

Hometown: Mason, OH
Undergrad: Miami University
Medical School: University of Toledo
Professional Interests: Advocacy and Mental Health. Interested in inpatient medicine but still undecided!
Personal Interests: Avid TV watcher, board game player, and coffee taster. Baking, hanging out with my cat and husband, and exploring the outdoors.
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose Rainbow because during my interview, each person I met was so kind, and relatable. I loved the 6+2 schedule, and how it would let me focus on inpatient and outpatient individually. The residents that I met at the meet and greets were so nice and welcoming and spoke so highly of their faculty and the positive relationships that they had with them. I can’t wait to be part of the Rainbow family!

Shrushti Mehta, MD

Shrushti Mehta, MD

Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Undergrad: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Professional Interests: I am currently undecided – I know that I love the inpatient world, so I’m interested in hospital medicine or infectious disease as well as medical education and advocacy.
Personal Interests: reading, cooking/baking, hiking, running, exploring new coffee shops!
Why I Chose Rainbow: On my interview day, even though everything was virtual, I could still tell that all the residents were like a big family and were always looking out for each other. I loved the emphasis on advocacy, resident wellness and diversity.

Joseph Park, MD

Joseph Park, MD

Hometown: Erie, PA
Undergrad: Carnegie Mellon University
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Professional Interests: Undecided, but currently interested in sports med, primary care, heme-onc, and GI
Personal Interests: Watching and playing sports (namely basketball, soccer, and football!), trout fishing, coffee (#chemexforlife), and martial arts.
Why I Chose Rainbow: The sincerity and kindness of everyone I interacted with at Rainbow. Seeing how happy the residents were to be there and the way they loved and championed their program. Great combination of a strong academic center that serves as a tertiary care center with plentiful resources while still being committed to community health/advocacy and the camaraderie of a tight-knit work community.

Nehaly Shah Patel, MD

Nehaly Shah Patel, MD

Hometown: Riverside, CA
Undergrad: California Institute of Technology
Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Primary care, preventive/lifestyle medicine, research on ACEs
Personal Interests: Spending time with family, hiking, cooking, reading, watching TV/movies, cleaning/organizing

Sarah Redmond, MD

Sarah Redmond, MD, Med/Peds

Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA
Undergrad: University of Washington
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Infectious diseases, public health/epidemiology, or maybe rural primary care
Personal Interests: Running, hiking, plant/animal/mushroom identification, knitting, local history
Why I Chose Rainbow: I went to Case for med school and rotated through UH/Rainbow. I decided to stay for multiple reasons including the patient population, the breadth of training both clinically and from a research standpoint, as well as the collaborative attitude among staff at Rainbow. From a med-peds point of view I also appreciated the adult population and the opportunity to rotate through a large VA hospital.

David Ritzenthaler, MD

David Ritzenthaler, MD, Med/Peds

Hometown: Sandusky, OH
Undergrad: Xavier University – Cincinnati
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Primary care with vulnerable populations, medical education, addiction medicine, increasing access to care, doctor-patient communication
Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and our dog (a greyhound named Bleu!), cooking, improv comedy, podcasts, finding new restaurants
Why I Chose Rainbow: Rainbow has a strong commitment to the community, which is exemplified by the Rainbow Center for Women & Children, a clinic and grocery store located right where our patients live. RBC has great faculty who really care about resident learning, career goals, and well-being.

Carlos Ronquillo, MD

Carlos Ronquillo, MD

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Undergrad: University of Texas at El Paso
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, TX
Professional Interests: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Medical Education, Child Advocacy
Personal Interests: Sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, NCAA), Weightlifting, Traveling, Movies, Music Festivals/Concerts
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose this program for several reasons. The program leadership at Rainbow are passionate about the program, resident education, and the community they serve. They also heavily emphasized the importance of resident wellness and dedication to continued improvement. The interview social at Rainbow was also one of the best/most fun, hands down. I was drawn by the strong sense of camaraderie among residents and felt I would fit right in. After only one week into my intern year, I can confidently say that I will leave this program as a very well-trained pediatrician prepared for the next step of my career.

Noor Saeed, MD

Noor Saeed, MD

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Undergrad: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH
Professional Interests: Primary care, advocacy, preventative medicine, social determinants of health
Personal Interests: I love babies, coffee, puzzles, rap music, hugs, libraries, the moon, my family, and pasta!
Why I Chose Rainbow: Strong emphasis on community advocacy, mental health training, steps to increase diversity and address injustices, X+Y schedule, proximity to home

Christina Shrefler, MD

Christina Shrefler, MD

Hometown: Willoughby Hills, OH
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: The Ohio State University
Professional Interests: primary care, emergency medicine, newborn care, family-centered care, medical and patient education, quality improvement, advocacy, ethics, mental health, environmental health
Personal Interests: Hiking and running in greater Cleveland’s gorgeous terrain (Squires Castle! Buttermilk Falls! Edgewater! Cuyahoga Valley National Park), nonfiction reading (especially Michael Pollan, Bill Bryson, Malcolm Gladwell, Mirelle Guiliano, CS Lewis), crafts, spending time with family, going to church, trivia, board games, the USS COD (Cleveland’s WWII submarine on Lake Erie’s coast), musicals (CLE has the largest theater district outside of NYC! – can get tickets to traveling Broadway shows for as little as $10), space exploration, Fighting Irish football, British panel comedy shows.
Why I Chose Rainbow: I appreciate the intuitiveness of the X+Y schedule and the comprehensive resources available to patients at clinic (legal, social work, dental, optometry, and obstetrics and more on location!). The PD’s experience-based discussion of concrete changes the program has taken to improve resident wellness in recent years (no intern call, X+Y schedule) and convincing understanding of the psychology behind resident wellness displayed on interview day was also meaningful. Other aspects of Rainbow I loved were medium program size, institutional dedication to family-centered care, Angie’s Garden (rooftop oasis), additional week of vacation at the end of intern year, and the program coordinators’ warm hospitality. Beyond the hospital itself I love Cleveland’s Metroparks, diversity, low cost of living, four seasons, diversity and relatively central location in the country.

Garrett Simkins, MD

Garrett Simkins, MD

Hometown: McLean, Virginia
Undergrad: James Madison University
Medical School: University of Virginia
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics, Academic Medicine
Personal Interests: I love astronomy, creative writing, podcasts (usually about philosophy and psychology), working out, and spending time with friends.
Why I Chose Rainbow: I was most drawn to Rainbow because the people were warm, fun, down to earth, and full of genuine interest in being excellent pediatricians and teachers. My interview day was one of very few that I left feeling energized by, rather than drained! The structural pieces of the program – like an X+Y schedule, and the opportunities to get involved with medical education – were also big draws. Finally, the program seemed truly interested in balancing a fulfilling out-of-work life with a strong and engaging work-life.

Benjamin Smith, MD

Benjamin Smith, MD

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrad: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Professional Interests: Critical Care Medicine, Medical Education
Personal Interests: Movies, Music, Pop Culture, History, NFL Football (Go Steelers!!!)
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose Rainbow for several reasons, but one of the most important to me was familiarity. Having spent a great deal of time in Cleveland as an undergrad at Case, I always admired the positive role that Rainbow played in the greater community. I was also extremely impressed with the program’s focus on developing residents as teachers and cultivating an environment of support and wellness for all who work here.

Samantha Smith, MD

Samantha Smith, MD

Hometown: Middleburg Heights, OH
Undergrad: Ohio State University
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Professional Interests: Primary care, comprehensive care and developmental/behavioral pediatrics
Personal Interests: Cooking and baking, trying new restaurants and breweries, exploring the Metroparks, Cleveland sports and Ohio State football (Go Bucks!)
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose Rainbow because of the strong sense of community. The collaborative and supportive energy I felt on interview day was unparalleled and the attendings seemed very approachable and invested in both resident education and advocacy. Rainbow’s unwavering commitment to Cleveland and the patient population it serves is unmatched. The 6+2 scheduling is also a huge draw!

Emma Strode, DO

Emma Strode, DO

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!)
Medical School: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: I am currently undecided! Love outpatient pediatrics but also considering fellowships in Peds EM, endocrine and PICU. I’m super interested in advocacy and medical education too!
Personal Interests: Hiking, swimming, skiing or any activity outside, trying new local restaurants, traveling, and reality TV
Why I Chose Rainbow: Virtual interviews were difficult for sure, but with Rainbow the residents were so welcoming, kind and genuinely interested in you and it was great to see how close the residents with were with each other. I wanted a program that I would not just be colleagues but friends with my co-residents and I have that here! The X+Y schedule is also the best!

Rebecca Sturgis, MD

Rebecca Sturgis, MD

Hometown: Port Huron, Michigan
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Heme/onc (although I’m open to any and every specialty including general pediatrics!), community engagement, and advocacy.
Personal Interests: Reading, kayaking, napping, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with my friends, my boyfriend, and my dog!
Why I Chose Rainbow: Even though it was a virtual interview, I was absolutely blown away by how amazing the program was. The faculty and administration genuinely seemed to care about the residents and made resident wellness a top priority. The residents all seemed to be close to each other and made efforts to hang out with one another outside of the hospital. And the X + Y schedule was a huge deciding factor for me as well! I was also looking for a children’s hospital that had roots in the community and provided services to those who needed them most, and Rainbow has that kind of reputation in Cleveland. It’s hard to get a feel for a program during interview season – let alone having to do it all virtually – but I’m happy to say that all my impressions I had about the program during my interview turned out to be true!

Shwetha Sudhaker, MD

Shwetha Sudhaker, MD, Med/Peds

Hometown: Berwyn, PA
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: hospitalist medicine, adult congenital heart disease, & advocacy
Personal Interests: cooking, reading, finding new restaurants, spending time with my family and friends and their pets, musicals
Why I Chose Rainbow: I thought there was great mentorship from all the attendings I worked with, and all the residents I met seemed happy.

Natalie Vajda, MD, MPH

Natalie Vajda, MD, MPH

Hometown: Broadview Heights, OH (CLE suburb)
Undergrad: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Professional Interests: Primary Care, Urban Health, Public Health, Pulmonology, Clinical Genetics
Personal Interests: I love spending time with my husband, Derek, 2-month-old daughter, Grace, and 10-year-old German Shepherd rescue, Cash! I also love spending time with my family and friends in Cleveland, and visiting the friends we made when we moved all across the country! I enjoy hiking, jogging, traveling, cooking, baking, reading and boating in the summer with my family.
Why I Chose Rainbow: I grew up knowing that Rainbow is a fantastic children’s hospital, and it remains one of the top children’s hospitals in the country. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to train in Cleveland and help serve patients from my city!

Rachel VanCoillie, MD

Rachel VanCoillie, MD, Peds/Genetics

Hometown: Shelby Township, MI
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Global health and all things genetics!
Personal Interests: Hiking, camping, yoga, dancing – being active is my jam. I also love trying new restaurants, checking out live music, and going to sporting events (can’t wait for the Lions to play the Browns!)
Why I Chose Rainbow: Despite interviews being virtual, I couldn’t stop thinking about the positive vibes I felt after my conversations with both the pediatrics and genetics residents/faculty, which was important to me as a combined resident. I felt that Rainbow offered kind people that I would click with, a real emphasis on wellness and advocacy, and a fun city to live in.

Krysta Walker

Krysta Walker

Hometown: Findlay, OH
Undergrad: Ohio State University
Medical School: Wright State University
Professional Interests: NICU, PICU, hospitalist medicine
Personal Interests: Taking walks with my husband and my puggle, Boo. I also enjoy hiking, traveling, spending time with my family, watching reality television and exploring new restaurants.
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose Rainbow because I was very impressed that in the midst of virtual interviews, they were able to make the interview day feel very personalized. The faculty and residents were so welcoming and supportive! It was evident that Rainbow continues to evolve to address the needs of the community it serves. I knew that at Rainbow I would be a part of a community that would help me become the best pediatrician possible.

Emily Watson, DO

Emily Watson, DO, Peds Neurology

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Undergrad: Purdue University
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Child Neurology, Child Advocacy
Personal Interests: Spending time with my two cats, reading (I own too many books), and writing novels. I love Broadway musicals!
Why I Chose Rainbow: I wanted to go somewhere with 4 seasons. During my interview, despite it being done virtually, I had a gut instinct about this program and the people I met! Cleveland is also very artsy and cultural! I love that!

Meagan Zulfer, MD

Meagan Zulfer, MD

Hometown: Fairborn, OH
Undergrad: Cedarville University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Professional Interests: rheumatology, neonatology, patient and medical education
Personal Interests: hiking, barre, weekend trips, and exploring local museums, shops and restaurants
Why I Chose Rainbow: I fell in love with this program during my interview. It was obvious that the faculty prioritizes both resident education and wellness. I could tell the residents knew each other well and truly enjoyed spending time with each other. Also, the size was perfect, allowing for both resident autonomy and the opportunities of a large academic center.

PGY-2

Tanya Abraham, MD

Tanya Abraham, MD

Hometown: Olney, MD
Undergrad: University of Maryland
Medical School: New York Medical College
Professional Interests: Still deciding!
Personal Interests: Reading, rock climbing, playing volleyball, and baking
Why I Chose Rainbow: I loved the opportunities for advocacy and research that the program provides as well as the close-knit and supportive environment. It was my favorite pre-interview dinner!

Sofia Bertoloni-Meli, MD

Sofia Bertoloni-Meli, MD

Hometown: Bloomington, IN
Undergrad: Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Endocrinology, Medical Education, Hospitalist Medicine
Personal Interests: I love to travel and cook foods from different countries. I also love to read
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose rainbow because of the emphasis on education, the friendly and accepting environment, and the diverse population.

Kammeron Brissett, MD

Kammeron Brissett, MD

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergrad: The Ohio State University
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Professional Interests: Advocacy, Social Determinants of Health, Underserved Communities, and Emergency Medicine
Personal Interests: Documentaries, True Crime, Skincare/Makeup, Traveling, trying new restaurants, Music, concerts, dance fitness, and spending time with family.
Why I Chose Rainbow: The reasons are endless! I loved the people during my interview and AI. I was challenged academically however the environment was also safe for questions and mistakes. Program leadership is responsive to resident input. The 6+2 schedule encourages resident wellness. Our ambulatory clinic has programs and services to address the total health of our underserved community. There are multiple avenues for mentoring and exploring specialty specific and other interest such as advocacy and global health. Lastly, Cleveland is a city with great character and much to explore as far as nightlife, restaurants, Metroparks, museums, theater district, sports and so much more!

Mackenzie Carter, MD

Mackenzie Carter, MD, Med/Peds

Medical School: University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Stephanie Fabry, MD

Stephanie Fabry, MD

Hometown: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Undergrad: The Ohio State University
Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Professional Interests: Primary care and child psychiatry
Personal Interests: Hiking, skiing, scuba diving, and playing with my dog
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose rainbow because I loved how passionate the residents and the program leadership are for Rainbow Babies. I also liked how dedicated the staff is to resident wellness. I am excited to be a part of the Rainbow family!

Hannah Forte, MD

Hannah Forte, MD

Hometown: Lake Angelus, MI
Undergrad: Loyola University of Chicago
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Advocacy (particularly legislative advocacy), neonatal intensive care, and hospitalist medicine
Personal Interests: Tennis, reading, spending time on/by the lake, playing with my 2 new cats (though I really want a dog!)
Why I Chose Rainbow: The strong commitment to advocacy that actually benefits the community, like through the Rainbow Women and Children’s Center! Plus the schedule lets me really dive into 6 weeks of inpatient medicine while giving me an immersive outpatient experience as well (plus a few guaranteed golden weekends). But really, above all else, seeing how happy the residents are and how involved and caring the program administration was on my interview day sold it. The PD and APD’s really know their residents well and I wanted to be at a program that prioritized getting to know me as an individual so they could help me succeed.

Kendall Franz, MD

Kendall Franz, MD, Med/Peds

Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

Gabriel Frato, DO

Gabriel Frato, DO

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergrad: Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Hospital medicine, cardiology, community outreach, social determinants of health (especially food insecurity)
Personal Interests: Cooking/baking, trying new restaurants and breweries, spending time with family and friends, and anything outdoors
Why I Chose Rainbow: chose Rainbow for a number of reasons. The most notable to me was the passion and commitment displayed by the program leaders and residents for pediatric medicine, the program, their colleagues, and the community they serve. Interested in community outreach and social determinants of health, I knew I wanted to join a program that was devoted to their community, and I felt that strongly at Rainbow. In addition to that, I wanted a rigorous academic and clinical training program that would prepare me to become the best pediatrician while also prioritizing resident wellness with the X+Y schedule.

Ashley French, MD

Ashley French, MD

Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Professional Interests: General pediatrics, medical education
Personal Interests: Yoga, spinning, eating and trying new restaurants!!! Pretending I’m a good cook :P, binging Netflix series, relaxing and hanging out with friends and family
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose Rainbow because of the awesome people that I met on my interview day and now my amazing co-interns, the program leadership, the awesome city, the diverse patient population that they serve, and the proximity to my hometown. It’s a large academic center that really cares about its residents! I’m super excited to take care of the kiddos here in Northeast Ohio!!! :D

Abigail Gibbs, MD

Abigail Gibbs, MD

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Undergrad: The University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Professional Interests: Neonatology, Nephrology
Personal Interests: Sewing, cooking/baking, cycling, yoga
Why I Chose Rainbow: Rainbow is such a supportive and inspiring place to be. All the residents I that met on my interview day were happy and confident in their work. They do a lot for the youngsters of Cleveland!

Lekha Grandi, MD

Lekha Grandi, MD

Hometown: Dix Hills, New York
Undergrad: Brandeis University
Medical School: New York Medical College
Professional Interests: I am currently undecided and love everything from NICU, Hospitalist Medicine to Peds Cardio and Peds Pulm!
Personal Interests: I am a huge foodie and love trying new cuisines and going to new restaurants. I am excited to explore the food scene here in Cleveland. I also love travelling, spending time with friends, knitting, reading, and dancing!
Why I Chose Rainbow: Rainbow is very committed to serving the community and advocating for the patients they serve. Everyone was so warm and welcoming here at Rainbow! It felt like a close knit family!

Laurel Green, MD

Laurel Green, MD, Peds/Genetics

Hometown: Casper, WY
Undergrad: University of Wyoming
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Pediatric genetics, endocrinology
Personal Interests: Spending time with my puppy, backpacking, hiking, biking, and photography.
Why I Chose Rainbow: I knew on my interview day that it was the right place for me. Everyone was so thoughtful and kind and clearly were passionate about medicine and excited to teach the next generation of pediatricians.

Haley Haskett, MD

Haley Haskett, MD

Hometown: Omaha, NE
Undergrad: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Professional Interests: Hospital medicine, critical care, infectious disease, medical education.
Personal Interests: Exploring Cleveland’s neighborhoods with my dog, yoga, going to art museums, trying new restaurants, crocheting, and being creative!
Why I Chose Rainbow: It was clear that Rainbow’s leadership is dedicated to resident education and well-being. On my interview day, I was blown away by faculty and resident engagement during a conference and am confident that Rainbow will provide an ideal environment for me to learn how to be a great pediatrician!

Daniel Himelstein

Daniel “Danny” Himelstein

Hometown: Media, PA
Undergrad: Haverford College
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Professional Interests: GI, medical education, advocacy
Personal Interests: Tennis, reading, cooking, being outdoors
Why I Chose Rainbow: During my interview day I was inspired by the camaraderie and friendship I saw amongst the residents. I loved the passion the faculty exuded for teaching and training the residents. I wanted to find a program that believed in serving the community they work in. I am excited by Rainbow’s intention to support Cleveland and work with community partnerships to provide the best care to their patients.

Allison Hines, MD

Allison Hines, MD, Peds-Neuro

Hometown: Vienna, WV
Undergrad: West Virginia University
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Child Neurology with an emphasis on neurodevelopment and Autism.
Personal Interests: I enjoy anything food! Whether I am shopping at local markets, cooking, or eating out. I also love to go to Crossfit and to weightlift.
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose Rainbow because I immediately felt at home with the faculty and other residents. They truly seemed interested in letting me explore my clinical interests instead of conforming to theirs.

Jaisree Iyer, MD

Jaisree Iyer, MD

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergrad: St. Bonaventure University
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Professional Interests: Undecided, but interested in medical and patient education & global health!
Personal Interests: Cooking, baking, and trying foods from all different cultures!
Why I Chose Rainbow: It is so cheesy, but I really love the residents here! I have such a strong support system despite all the craziness of COVID, which says so much!

Adrianna Jackson, MD

Adrianna Jackson, MD

Hometown: Conyers, GA (but spent 14 school age years in Garnerville, NY)
Undergrad: Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – Flint
Professional Interests: NICU, primary care, advocacy, working with underserved populations, health disparities
Personal Interests: Working out (CrossFit), watching all sports especially professional/ college football and basketball, traveling with friends and family, spending time with my dogs
Why I Chose Rainbow: Out of all of my interviews, I felt most welcomed at home. Everyone was so supportive and friendly, and they love to teach… that is still true today as I begin my first few days of intern year. I also chose rainbow because of the variety of patients and phenomenal training I will receive. The 6+2 schedule was a huge plus! Rainbow has a strong advocacy program and is working to bring diversity within their residency program. I hope that I can recruit more minority residents (especially African Americans and Latinos) to come here, so the program can actually reflect the patient population we serve!

Tanya Khan, MD

Tanya Khan, MD

Hometown: Springfield, Ohio
Undergrad: Kent State University
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Professional Interests: local and national policy, advocacy, medical education
Personal Interests: TV, food, Costco, interior design
Why I Chose Rainbow: Happy residents in a good city.

Amy Kim, MD

Amy Kim, MD

Hometown: I moved several times growing up, but I’m originally from the Seattle area.
Undergrad: Wheaton College, IL
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Primary Care
Personal Interests: Baking, crafting, crochet, animals
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose Rainbow because I really admired Rainbow’s commitment to patients and teaching. I trusted that I would get a great education as well as a sensitivity to patient needs. I also really enjoyed working with all the people at Rainbow and wanted to continue after medical school.

Collin Kramer, MD

Collin Kramer, MD

Hometown: Coralville, IA
Undergrad: Grinnell College
Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Professional Interests: pediatric cardiology, pediatric electrophysiology and device therapy, clinical research, translational research, medical education
Personal Interests: cycling, board games, NFL & fantasy football (I became a Browns fan on match day!), true crime documentaries and podcasts.
Why I Chose Rainbow: Rainbow offers a complete pediatrics residency with the unique 6+2 schedule which provides a great balance across our 3 years of training. The positive culture and huge emphasis on resident wellness stood out on interview day. My wife and I also loved that Cleveland offers big city perks despite not being a massive metro.

Sara Manetta, MD

Sara Manetta, MD

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergrad: Penn State University, University Park, PA
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Professional Interests: NICU and critical care, advocacy, child abuse and neglect, social determinants of health, wilderness medicine
Personal Interests: Baking, eating baked goods, hiking and camping, soccer
Why I Chose Rainbow: I felt that Rainbow’s focus on community health, outreach, and advocacy overlapped well with my interest, and really exemplified the characteristics of a physician I hope to become. But more than that, I felt at ease with the residents and leadership. They had created a welcoming environment full of compassion, not just for their patients but for the residents as well.

Alyssa Melber, MD

Alyssa Melber, MD

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Undergrad: University at Buffalo
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Professional Interests: Primary care
Personal Interests: Yoga, reading, baking, exploring local restaurants
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose Rainbow because of the people, everyone I met was so welcoming and supportive of one another. I also liked the 6+2 schedule and the connection the program has with the community they are caring for.

Ryan Mifflin, MD

Ryan Mifflin, MD

Hometown: Stow, OH
Undergrad: University of Akron, Akron, OH
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Professional Interests: Palliative care
Personal Interests: Current and retro video games, going to concerts, reading
Why I Chose Rainbow: How welcoming and supportive everyone in the program is, how passionate the program is about the community they serve, and how many resources the Rainbow Center for Women and Children offers.

Sarah Miller, MD

Sarah Miller, MD

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Professional Interests: Allergy and Immunology, Medical Education
Personal Interests: Baking, hiking, pickleball, painting, reading (especially the Harry Potter series!), and spending time with family and friends
Why I Chose Rainbow: I rotated at Rainbow during medical school and I loved the supportive and nurturing environment here. I wanted to be a part of the incredible clinical work being done at Rainbow, and I was excited about the medical education and child advocacy opportunities as well. I also love the city of Cleveland and can’t wait to explore the Metroparks!

Daniel Mohan, MD

Daniel “Dan” Mohan, MD

Hometown: Toledo OH
Undergrad: The Ohio State University
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Neonatology, PICU
Personal Interests: College football/basketball, NFL, Tennis, video/board games, nonfiction literature, everything food related
Why I Chose Rainbow: Cleveland is a great city, with great food. Not too far from home. The residents and the program really impressed me.

Ryan O’Sullivan, MD

Ryan O’Sullivan

Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
Undergrad: Lafayette College
Medical School: Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Professional Interests: PICU, NICU
Personal Interests: Running, biking, hiking
Why I Chose Rainbow: Going into app process I knew I wanted to be at a medium to large program with a lot of subspecialty contact and fellows. On my interview day I loved Dr. Ponitz’ emphasis on feeling fulfilled at work as a core component of wellness. I left my interview with the sense that the residents/faculty care deeply not just about being an excellent academic children’s hospital but also about caring for the underserved children of Cleveland and surrounding communities.

Hannah Spellman, MD

Hannah Spellman, MD

Hometown: Sharon, MA
Undergrad: Barnard College, New York, NY
Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Medical Education, Bioethics.
Personal Interests: Reading YA literature, spending time outside, Israeli dance and tap dance.
Why I Chose Rainbow: Everyone here is kind, welcoming, and warm! I was drawn to the program’s values of humanism, compassion, and service. There is a deep commitment to the individual patient and the whole community, coupled with an emphasis on supporting each individual resident being their best self.

Meenal Thadasina, MD

Meenal Thadasina, MD

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergrad: Texas A&M University
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Professional Interests: GI
Personal Interests: Skiing, Hiking, Reading, Cooking, Dancing, Traveling
Why I Chose Rainbow: I fell in love with this program on my interview day. The residents at Rainbow are close knit and friendly, faculty is supportive, and Cleveland is a beautiful and fun city. This program feels like home. I knew that at Rainbow I would truly be happy and become the best Pediatrician that I could be.

Matthew Tran

Matthew Tran

Hometown: Augusta, Georgia
Undergrad: Wofford College
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Professional Interests: Medical Education, Pediatric Cardiology/Pediatric Hospitalist
Personal Interests: I love to watch, play, and coach soccer. My favorite sports team is Atlanta United FC. I also love to go on runs and long bike rides. I value personal wellness and enjoy spending time with my 3 other siblings and close friends from undergrad.
Why I Chose Rainbow: X+Y program. Value resident wellness highly. Faculty/Residents on my interview were amazing and welcoming. Beautiful facilities. I am close to my brother who lives in Michigan.

Zhuon Yang, MD

Zhuo “Tina” Yang, MD

Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Professional Interests: Undecided, maybe hospitalist or primary care
Personal Interests: Eating, traveling, wine and board games, and being a new cat mom
Why I Chose Rainbow: I loved how friendly everyone was! Residents got along with each other, and I felt that the program directors truly cared about the residents.

Louise Sawaya, MD

Louise Welsh, MD, Med/Peds

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Sydney Zierden, MD

Sydney Zierden, MD

Hometown: Cardington, OH
Undergrad: The Ohio State University
Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Professional Interests: Primary care, preventive medicine, community outreach
Personal Interests: Running, playing the piano, walking with my dog
Why I Chose Rainbow: I was looking for a program that placed emphasis on service. The Rainbow Center for Women and Children was proof that Rainbow cares deeply about its patient population and truly teaches its residents to be servant leaders. Additionally, everyone I met on my interview day was kind, genuine, and excited about Rainbow!

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Melissa Alberts, MD

Melissa Alberts, MD

Hometown: Cooper City, FL
Undergrad: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Professional Interests: NICU, medical education
Personal Interests: Reading, cross stitch, Broadway musicals
Favorite Things About Cleveland: It’s a big enough city that there is always something going on or something to do, but not so big that you feel overwhelmed.

Leah Byland, MD

Leah Byland, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergrad: Columbia University, New York, NY
Medical School: State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY
Professional Interests: Acute care, adolescent health, social justice and determinants of health
Personal Interests: When I’m not at work, you can catch me either out on my bicycle or at home, curled up on my couch with a crochet project, book, and huge cup of coffee.
Why I Chose Rainbow: So many reasons! The biggest is the people. On my interview day, I felt genuinely welcomed by a group of people who seemed both happy to be doing residency here and happy to be doing it together. I also wanted a program that’d balance both public service and academic-medical excellence, and Rainbow excelled on both counts!

Anna Carleen, MD

Anna Carleen, MD

Hometown: West Windsor, NJ
Undergrad: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Professional Interests: Everything. I don’t know how I’m going to choose a career path...but right now I’m particularly excited about medical education.
Personal Interests: Dancing, reading, learning new languages, going to baseball games, listening to music – I just bought a turntable and it’s amazing!
Why I Chose Rainbow: I walked away from my interview day feeling that Rainbow was a place that would push me to become the best pediatrician I can be but wouldn’t let me lose myself as a human in the process. It was also clear that this is a program that is constantly looking to improve things and be better, evidenced partly by being one of five programs to pilot the x+y schedule. I was also excited to explore a new part of the country!

Samantha Davidson, MD

Samantha Davidson, MD

Hometown: Cortlandt Manor, NY
Undergrad: State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Professional Interests: Primary Care, Endocrinology
Personal Interests: Cooking/baking, woodworking, rock climbing, jigsaw puzzles
Why I Chose Rainbow: I really liked the programs emphasis on advocacy and partnering with the community. I also really like the 6+2 schedule. Everyone was so passionate about this program and the community they serve and I really wanted to be a part of that!

Matthew “Zach” Dawson, MD

Matthew “Zach” Dawson, MD

Hometown: I moved a lot as a kid!
Undergrad: Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
Professional Interests: Primary Care, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Child Abuse, Peds Hospitalist – also Humanism in Medicine, point of care ultrasound, and medical education
Personal Interests: Reading (sci-fi and fantasy, biographies, history of medicine), running and soccer – ask me about pick-up or getting involved with soccer leagues!
Favorite Things About Cleveland: Cleveland is a city that really inspires the people who live in it. I moved ~ 15 times before I got here, and I’ve never lived in a place where everyone is so proud about their town and so eager to work on it to make it better. Having the only national park in Ohio nearby is also a great perk! You get all the best of Midwest hospitality with the vibe of a big Metro area.

Caroline Figgie, MD

Caroline Figgie, MD

Hometown: Riverside, CT
Undergrad: Davidson College, Davidson, NC
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Professional Interests: Undecided
Personal Interests: Handicrafts, soccer, singing
Why I Chose Rainbow: The people in the program (program directors, attendings, and co-residents) are all extraordinarily helpful and supportive. There is a big focus on working as part of a team here.

Darla Fink, MD

Darla Fink, MD

Hometown: Williamsport, PA
Undergrad: The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Scranton, PA
Professional Interests: Potentially critical care, but open-minded and excited to learn for now!
Personal Interests: Yoga, running, hiking, kayaking, baking, shopping
Favorite Things About Cleveland: I love that I can go kayaking! There is so much to do in Cleveland! So many new restaurants and museums to check out!

Calvin Gao, MD

Calvin Gao, MD

Hometown: Durham, NC
Undergrad: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, WA
Professional Interests: Undecided
Personal Interests: Music, cooking
Why I Chose Rainbow: I wanted a medium-sized academic program that I felt truly cared about its residents.

Kirtana Ghandikota, MD

Kirtana Ghandikota, MD

Hometown: Novi, MI
Undergrad: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Flint, MI
Professional Interests: Underserved populations, Global Health
Personal Interests: Reading, traveling, eating
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose Rainbow for the people, who were supportive and passionate when I first met them and continue to be all those things and more. I was also inspired by the work being done with advocacy with the new Rainbow Center for Women and Children. In addition, the global health track was one of the main reasons I came to Rainbow.

Alexander Gipsman, MD

Alexander Gipsman, MD

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergrad: Yeshiva University, New York, NY
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Professional Interests: Too early to know! Hospital and most subspecialty pediatrics
Personal Interests: Spending time with family/friends, playing basketball, eating Mitchell’s ice cream
Why I Chose Rainbow: The warm atmosphere, great learning opportunities, exposure to all areas of pediatrics, dedication of the program directors to the education and well- being of their residents.

Stephanie Harlow, MD

Stephanie Harlow, MD

Hometown: West Barnstable, MA
Undergrad: Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
Professional Interests: Medical education, fellowship of some sort (TBD)
Personal Interests: Reading (proud founder of the Rainbow Intern Bookclub!), yoga, running
Favorite Things About Cleveland: All the big-city perks (major league teams, restaurants, concerts) without the big-city problems (traffic, high prices)!

Tolulope Ifabiyi, MD

Tolulope Ifabiyi, MD, Med/Peds

Hometown: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Undergrad: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Rochester, MI
Professional Interests: Primary care, hematology-oncology, Global Health, working with medically underserved populations
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking, dinner parties, traveling, musical theater/Broadway shows, singing
Why I Chose Rainbow: Supportive faculty, close-knit group of residents, dedication to resident education, established Child Global Health tract, diverse patient population

Ryan Jenkins, MD

Ryan Jenkins, MD

Hometown: Happy Valley, OR
Undergrad: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY
Professional Interests: Hospitalist vs. PICU, medical education
Personal Interests: Creative writing, guitar, running/biking
Why I Chose Rainbow: Excellent interview day impression from the people I talked with, larger academic center in a medium-sized midwest-ish city fits where I wanted to be, 6 + 2 sounded great (it is!)

Lena Kretzmer, MD

Lena Kretzmer, MD

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergrad: Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV
Professional Interests: Primary care
Personal Interests: Playing the cello in a local symphony, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, traveling, learning Japanese
Favorite Things About Cleveland: I love how rich the city is in the arts – I love going to the Cleveland Symphony and the art museum, I also enjoy strolling through the West Side Market and getting ideas for new recipes.

Rebecca Kuruvilla, MD

Rebecca Kuruvilla, MD

Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Undergrad: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Professional Interests: Hospital medicine, endocrine, advocacy, nutrition
Personal Interests: Cooking, baking and eating desserts, reading new books and old favorites, card games
Favorite Things About Cleveland: The people are really friendly, West Side Market, the Metroparks

Rachael Libertin, MD

Rachael Libertin, MD

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergrad: John Carroll University, University Heights, OH
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH
Professional Interests: Hospitalist work, academic medicine, cardiology
Personal Interests: Running, boxing, swimming, baking, breweries
Favorite Things About Cleveland: It’s affordable! Very diverse with numerous neighborhoods, each offering something unique and different. Clevelanders are big sports fans and foodies!

Rachel Longendyke, MD

Rachel Longendyke, MD

Hometown: Hurley, NY
Undergrad: Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Professional Interests: Endocrine, Adolescent Medicine
Personal Interests: Running, swimming, reading, listening to podcasts, watching gymnastics
Why I Chose Rainbow: The people here were really welcoming and nice! I liked the size of the program and the size of the city. Also, it’s very affordable to live here and there is a lot to do.

Bryony Lucas, DO

Bryony Lucas, DO

Hometown: Cortland, NY
Undergrad: Fordham University, Bronx, NY
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Middletown, NY
Professional Interests: Heme-Onc, child psychiatry
Personal Interests: Baking, gardening, wine tasting and snuggling with my kitties!
Why I Chose Rainbow: I did two rotations at Rainbow during my fourth year of medical school. I felt so welcomed by everyone that I worked with and was immediately impressed by not only the clinical knowledge of the residents and emphasis on teaching from all levels, but how close knit the residents were with each other. I wanted the diversity of pathology that was afforded by a large standalone children’s hospital, as well as the family feel which Rainbow has!

Aaron Malles, MD

Aaron Malles, MD

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Undergrad: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Medical School: Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, FL
Professional Interests: Cardiology
Personal Interests: Finding new experiences with my children (museums, festivals, zoos, nature parks, etc.)
Why I Chose Rainbow: During my interview, Rainbow showcased a culture that balanced autonomy and guided education, with a faculty dedicated to teaching. I thought that training at Rainbow would help make me gain the experiences I needed to be a successful clinician.

Andrea Matthew, MD

Andrea Matthew, MD

Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Undergrad: Hope College, Holland, MI
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
Professional Interests: Primary care, developmental behavioral pediatrics, advocacy/community engagement
Personal Interests: I enjoy doing anything outdoors (hiking, kayaking, etc), watching cooking and baking shows, traveling, and spending time with friends and family whenever possible.
Favorite Things About Cleveland: There is always so much to do and there truly is something for everyone! On my days off I’ve loved going to West Side Market, trying new restaurants at the Flats or in Ohio City, walking around the Botanical Gardens, and venturing downtown for an Indians game. I also really appreciate the diversity in Cleveland and the pride that people have for the city.

Marisa Miller, DO

Marisa Miller, DO

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Undergrad: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
Professional Interests: Emergency medicine, cardiology, primary care
Personal Interests: Baking, yoga, soccer, volleyball, golf, skiing, hiking and spending time with family and my dog
Favorite Things About Cleveland: Cleveland summers are my favorite. I love taking advantage of being on Lake Erie and getting to spend time outside! I also love taking advantage of the amazing park system in Cleveland, especially hiking in the Cuyahoga National Park.

Debra Rosenbaum, MD

Debra Rosenbaum, MD

Hometown: New York, NY
Undergrad: Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, NY
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Professional Interests: Undecided
Personal Interests: Spending time with my husband and daughter, hiking, playing basketball
Favorite Things About Cleveland: There’s (almost) never traffic! (That’s a big deal for a New Yorker).

Lauren Sackett, MD

Lauren Sackett, MD, Med/Peds

Hometown: Independence, OH
Undergrad: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Professional Interests: Adolescent/young adult Heme-Onc, congenital heart disease, adult and pediatric hospital medicine
Personal Interests: Cooking, baking, reading, being my nephew’s favorite aunt :)

Ryan Sanchez, MD

Ryan Sanchez, MD

Hometown: Clinton, LA
Undergrad: Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Professional Interests: Child advocacy, medical ethics, medical education, LGBTQIA+ health
Personal Interests: I love walking my dog in parks around the city, trying new restaurants, musical theater, and fitness classes!
Favorite Things About Cleveland: I love the robust Metro Park system in Cleveland. There is always a festival or community event going on in the parks around the city that are great to engage with the community and learn about the city! I also love the vibrant arts scene in CLE (Playhouse Square, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, etc).

Michelle Sergi, DO

Michelle Sergi, DO, Peds/Genetics

Hometown: Lowellville, OH
Undergrad: University of Akron, Akron, OH
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Professional Interests: Pediatrics/genetics, prenatal/neonatal genetics, pediatric palliative care, Amish population
Personal Interests: Dance, scuba diving, cooking, baking, skiing, anything outdoors, wine-making, sewing, traveling
Why I Chose Rainbow: I felt Rainbow provided a welcoming environment to train and learn as well as a place that truly cares about treating children mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Elizabeth Shisler, MD

Elizabeth Shisler, MD

Hometown: Centerville, OH
Undergrad: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
Professional Interests: Injury prevention, infant mortality, advocacy, QI
Personal Interests: Hiking, running, reading, trying new ice cream flavors, watching Ohio State football and basketball.
Why I Chose Rainbow: I wanted to come to Rainbow mainly because of the residents I met on my interview day. They seemed genuinely happy and valued teamwork. I felt like Rainbow’s high acuity and high patient volume would give me great general pediatrics training and set me up well for whatever I want to do post-residency. Additionally, Rainbow offered the opportunities to get the extra training in advocacy and research that I was looking for and they have a variety of other tracks as well.

Ward Strickland, MD

Ward Strickland, MD

Hometown: Norfolk, VA
Undergrad: Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Professional Interests: Critical care/emergency
Personal Interests: Running, cats, board games
Favorite Things About Cleveland: Weather. Green areas. Mitchell’s ice cream.

Angeline Sawaya, MD

Angeline Sawaya, MD, Med/Peds

Hometown: Westland, MI
Undergrad: Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
Professional Interests: Med/peds hospitalist, transitions of care, Global Health, local health disparities, healthcare for Spanish-speaking patients, pediatric camps
Personal Interests: Being a cat mom, traveling, exploring Cleveland, drinking coffee, eating lots of cheese, going to church, cooking new recipes!
Favorite Things About Cleveland: Cleveland has the amenities of a big city without the cost! I love to eat and try new restaurants, and Cleveland has too many to name. There is always a different neighborhood with a different vibe to explore: Ohio City, Tremont, Little Italy, the Flats, just to name a few!

Meghana Vemuganti, MD

Meghana Vemuganti, MD

Hometown: Columbus, OH
Undergrad: Kent State University, Kent, OH
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH
Professional Interests: Pulmonology
Personal Interests: I love cooking, reading, and taking pictures of anything and everything! I’m also a huge taco enthusiast!
Favorite Things About Cleveland: Shopping at West Side Market and making myself a boujie meal on a day off! Also, there are endless options for walking around and exploring – so many gorgeous parks and even Case’s beautiful campus! Plus, who could resist some Mitchell’s?

Rachel Welch, MD

Rachel Welch, MD

Hometown: Mentor, OH
Undergrad: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
Professional Interests: Infectious Disease, primary care, epidemiology
Personal Interests: Rock climbing, cycling, running, yoga, cooking
Why I Chose Rainbow: I chose Rainbow because they are so dedicated to the community. At Rainbow, the attendings, fellows and residents truly care about their patients and their families. There is a strong culture of advocacy and helping those most in need that really stood out to me. I also loved how much the residents get along and enjoy hanging out together!

Amy Zawacki, MD

Amy Zawacki, MD

Hometown: Eau Claire, WI
Undergrad: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI
Professional Interests: Adolescent Medicine, Child Abuse, Global Health, Advocacy
Personal Interests: Hiking, fishing, kayaking, and most outdoor things, I’m always up for a new adventure. I love baking and cooking to de-stress, my specialty is cheesecake! I also really enjoy trying new breweries and wineries with my co-interns or family.
Why I Chose Rainbow: During my interview day I just felt I would fit in. The people were welcoming and friendly, clearly hard workers, but also knew how to make residency fun! The 6+2 schedule was a huge draw for me as well. Never having more than six weeks of inpatient at a time felt like Rainbow was making resident wellness a priority. (Now that I am here, I definitely can say I am glad we have this schedule!).

PGY-4

Jamel Brown, MD

Jamel Brown, MD, Med/Peds

Hometown: Ridgeville, SC
Undergrad: The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, Charleston, SC
Professional Interests: Health disparities, adolescent health, HIV primary care
Personal Interests: Jazz and hip-hop music, picking up heavy things, spending time with my family
Favorite Things About Cleveland: Cost of living, the people

Michael Daunov, DO

Michael Daunov, DO, Med/Peds

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergrad: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Medical School: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
Professional Interests: Adolescent and young adult oncology, hematologic malignancies
Personal Interests: Traveling, cooking (ie. enjoying food my wife has cooked), hiking, running with my baby jogger, biking very short distances, drinking beer

Hong De Sa, MD

Hong De Sa, MD, Med/Peds

Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA
Undergrad: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Professional Interests: Heme-Onc, maybe pediatric cancer survivorship, academic medicine
Personal Interests: Ultra-trail running and the associated carb-loading, hiking, gardening, road trips with family and friends

Alissa Zeglin, MD

Alissa Zeglin, MD, Med/Peds

Hometown: Barrington, IL
Undergrad: Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Haywood, IL
Professional Interests: Academic medicine, primary care
Personal Interests: Crafting, reading