Our Residents

Our residents come from a wide range of backgrounds and possess a wide range of interests…but all have one thing in common:  We’re excited to train together!

PGY-1

Syed M. Alam, MD, PhD

Hometown - Mymensingh, Bangladesh
Graduate School - Graduate School of Medicine, Gifu University, Japan
Medical School - Mymensingh Medical College, Bangladesh
Interests/Hobbies -  Watching movies, Home improvements, and Design
Random Quote -  “Paint your dreams with vivid colors and bold strokes.”

Nate Albrecht, DO

Hometown - Portland, Oregon
Undergraduate - Brown University
Medical School - Western University of Health Sciences
Interests/Hobbies - Cycling, Coffee roasting, Coffee drinking, Making crude furniture
Random Quote -  “All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened.” ― Ernest Hemingway

Jennifer Bellegarde, DO, MS

Hometown - Milford, CT and Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec
Undergraduate - Sacred Heart University
Graduate - Southern Connecticut State University
Medical School - Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Interests/Hobbies - Ice Hockey, Reading, Dogs, Culture & Language, Public Policy & Patient Advocacy
Random Quote -  “If the human mind was simple enough to understand, we would be too simple-minded to understand it.” ― Emerson Pugh   

Megan Dery, DO

Hometown - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Medical School - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests/Hobbies - Hiking and Exercising
Random Quote - "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." ― J.K. Rowling

Aryendra Shrivastava, MD

Hometown - Delhi, India
Graduate -  Boston University
Medical School - Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India
Interest/Hobbies - Cricket, Music,
Random Quotes -  “You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.” "You're not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you've met, she's not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you're perfect for each other."

Shanna Swaringen, DO

Hometown - Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Undergraduate - Arizona State University
Graduate - Cleveland Institute of Music
Medical School - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests/Hobbies - Music, Dogs, Board Games, Rockband, Biking, Swimming
Random Quote -  “I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.” ― Sylvia Plath

Ashley VanDercar, MD, JD

Hometown - Tampa, Florida
Undergraduate - University of South Florida
Graduate - Florida International University College of Law
Medical School - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies - Scuba diving, Snow-skiing, and Baking!
Random Quote - "Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all." ― Bill Clinton

Heather Wobbe, DO, MBA

Hometown - Houston, Texas
Undergraduate - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Graduate - University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Medical School - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests/Hobbies - Hiking, Camping, Skiing, Baking
Random Quote -  “Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.” ― Dr. Seuss             Top

PGY-2

Tom Liggett, DO, PhD, MPH

Hometown - Woodstock, Illinois
Undergraduate - Eastern Illinois University
Medical School - Touro University-California
Interests/Hobbies - Gardening, Culinary Arts, Photography, Travel
Random Quote - "The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated." ― Plato

Syed Muhammad Ahsan Mehdi, MD

Hometown - Model Town, Lahore
Undergraduate - University of Health Sciences, Lahore
Medical School - Punjab Medical College, Pakistan
Interests/Hobbies - Psychiatric Anthropology,  global mental health, public policy and social change, Humanities (especially South Asian religion, culture, history and politics); Spending time with family, Travelling, Dining out, Tennis, swimming, current affairs, watching movies

Prakash Mishra, MD

Hometown - Kathmandu, Nepal
Medical School - Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies- Existentialism philosophy; Bass and percussion; Noir Films and screenwriting; Competitive Sports; Hiking; wall climbing; Ecotourism
Random Quote - “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting." ― Gautam Buddha

Alisa Paliy, MD

Hometown - Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Medical School - Rostov Stated Medical University
Interests/Hobbies - Family, pets, baking, traveling, hiking, reading, photography

Robert Siedler, DO

Hometown - Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate - John Carroll University
Medical School - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests/Hobbies - Outdoors, Food, Travel

Trisha Stacks, DO

Hometown - Niangua, Missouri
Undergraduate - Evangel University
Medical School - Des Moines University
Interest/Hobbies - reading, knitting, traveling
Random Quote - “We shall not cease from exploration/ And the end of all our exploring/ Will be to arrive where we started/ And know the place for the first time.” ― T.S. Eliot                                                            Top

Aaron Vazquez, MD, MBA

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, BS in Psychology
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Interests/Hobbies: Eating anything with chocolate chips - they make my favorite breakfast foods even better, Listening to the blues and playing guitar, Reading fortune cookie messages (but not eating the cookies...no chocolate chips), Watching any combat sport; Sharing moments with my family
Favorite Quote: "The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."

PGY-3

Awais Aftab MD (Education Chief Resident)

Hometown - Lahore, Pakistan
Undergraduate - Government College University, Lahore
Medical School - King Edward Medical University, Lahore
Interests/Hobbies - Reading online/books, philosophy, movies, Netflix
Random Quote -"By thought alone I made myself both echo and abyss." ― Fernando Pessoa

Amandeep S. Bains, MD 

Hometown - Thika, Kenya (East Africa)
Undergraduate - University of Sheffield
Medical School - American University of Antigua (AUA) School of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies - Cave diving, Private pilots license, Scuba diving instructor
Random Quote - “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will end up in the stars.”

Cheryl Chen, MD

Hometown - Aurora, Ohio
Undergraduate - The Johns Hopkins University
Medical School - University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Interests/Hobbies - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and College Mental Health; playing with my dog (or any puppies), eating/trying new restaurants (followed by food comas), traveling/exploring, hiking, game nights with my co-residents ☺
Random Quote - “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

Christine Collins, MD

Hometown - Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Undergraduate - Denison University
Medical School - University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Interests/Hobbies - College Mental Health, Consult Liaison Psychiatry, Addictions, Professional Wellness; running, being outside, trivia with team BOOF, watching Cleveland sports, exploring Cleveland, hanging out with my fellow residents, traveling, and spending time with my boyfriend, family, and friends
Random Quote(s) - "A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything" ― Irish Proverb
"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without feeling happier." ― Mother Teresa

Christine LaGrotta, MD (Psychotherapy Chief Resident)

Hometown - Thornwood, New York
Undergraduate - Siena College
Medical School - SUNY Upstate Medical University
Interests/Hobbies - Sports, Traveling, Trying new restaurants
Random Quote - "It'll cost nothing to dream and everything not to."

Samantha Latorre, MD (Core Chief Resident)

Hometown - Dayton, Ohio
Undergraduate - University of Dayton (Go Flyers!!)
Medical School - Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, OH
Interests/Hobbies - Women's Mental Health and Forensic Psychiatry; Hiking, Cooking, Puppies, and Movies
Random Quote - “It is our choices that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities."

Andrew Mikhail, MD

Hometown - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate - University of Florida
Medical School - University of Miami   
Interests/Hobbies - All kinds of sports, TV, Food
Random Quote - “A hug a day keeps the doctor away.”

Alexandra Wang, MD (Core Chief Resident)

Hometown - Shaker Heights, Ohio
Undergraduate - Duke University
Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies - College Mental Health, Rock Band, Escape Rooms, Cleveland Sports, Bar Trivia
Random Quote - "May the force be with you." or "Do or do not, there is no try."                                    Top

PGY-4

Gregory Bredow MD

Hometown - Carmel, New York
Undergraduate - New York University
Medical School - American University of the Caribbean
Interests/Hobbies - Hiking, Running, Traveling, Sunlight, Italian food, History
Random Quote - “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

John De Mott, DO

Undergraduate - Marquette University
Medical School - Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests - Community Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis

Tom Scheidemantel, MD

Hometown - Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate - John Carroll University
Medical School - Northeast Ohio Medical University
Interests/Hobbies - Intellectual and developmental disabilities, psychosomatic medicine, medical ethics

Resident Life

We have several committees that our residents can become involved with, including: Education, Recruitment, Resident Life & Wellness, and Advocacy & Philanthropy.                                                              Top

We believe that residency training should be exciting, rewarding and fun. Some of our activities include:

  • Annual Resident Retreat
  • Fundraisers
  • Movie Club
  • Participating as a team in the annual NAMI walk
  • Social outings