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

Ramona Bhatt, DO

Hometown - Westerville, OH
Undergraduate - THE Ohio State University
Medical School -  Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/interests - Food! Friends/family, baking, TV, video games, drawing 
Favorite quote - "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
Fun Fact - I sang with Celine Dion on stage! 

Charles “Rocky” Carlson, DO

Hometown - California
Undergraduate School - UC Davis
Graduate School - UC Davis
Medical School - Touro University
Hobbies/interests - Basketball, hiking, kayaking, skiing, gym, and spending time with friends and family.

Sapna Dhawan, MD

Hometown - Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Undergraduate - Bachelor in occupational therapy from National Institute for the Orthopedically handicapped, Calcutta, India
Medical School - International American University College of Medicine, Saint Lucia
Hobbies/interests - serving in the homeless shelter, listening to Christian music, travelling, reading medical journals, watching basketball,
Favorite quote - Old age should never prevent us from living our life the way we always did

Tiffany Gee, MD

Hometown - Staten Island, NY
Undergraduate - Binghamton University; post-bac at Columbia University 
Medical School - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Hobbies/interests - Hiking, travel, climbing, wine, wine slushies, napping, TV, cooking & baking
Favorite quote - “I'm lactose intolerant, so I eat my cereal with a fork.” – Mitch Hedberg

Meera Kumari, MD

Hometown - Patna, India
Medical School - Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College, Gaya, India
Hobbies/interests - Henna, music, swimming
Favorite quote - 'Live, Laugh, Love".

Layne Gritti, DO

Hometown - Mundelein, IL
Undergraduate - University of Dayton (Dayton, OH)
Medical School - Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Indianapolis, IN)
Hobbies/interests -  My cat, reading, exercise, biking, family time, snowboarding
Favorite quote - “As long as you laugh at yourself, you will never cease to be amused.”

Javier Ponce Terashima, MD

Hometown - Lima, Peru
Undergraduate - Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Medical School - Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Hobbies/interests - reading, cycling, cooking, travel, music...
Favorite quote - "life, as a commentary on something else we cannot reach, and is there within reach of the leap we are not taking" Julio Cortazar
Fun Fact - I founded a non-profit organization to improve evidence-informed decision making in health care in Peru.

Maria Sferro, MD

Hometown - Akron, OH
Undergraduate - Kent State University
Medical School  - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Hobbies/interests - zumba, yoga, hiking, fashion
Favorite quote - "We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated." -Maya Angelou
Fun fact - Previously worked as a nursing assistant and home health aide in hospice and palliative care. Also worked on the phone as a debt collector. Enjoy working on my fashion blog. 

Lauren Williams, MD

Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergraduate: The University of Texas Austin 
Medical School: The University of Texas 
Hobbies/interests: Traveling the world, Jamaican cuisine, NPR, salsa dancing, coding, Vice, political satire, people watching
Favorite quote: "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." - Soren Kierkegaard

PGY-2

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
Favorite Quote -  “If the human mind was simple enough to understand, we would be too simple-minded to understand it.” ― Emerson Pugh  
Fun Fact - My circuitous road to med school consisted of grad school and several years of research. Mostly in the field of addiction psychiatry. But also involving diverse things like psychotic monkeys, IRB/clinical trials, growing bacteriophage, and performing autopsies.

 

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

Robert Parise, MD

Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Undergraduate: Youngstown State University
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Hobbies/interests: reading, food, music, sports 

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
Fun Facts - I can play the violin, piano, mandolin, and guitar. Before med school, I was a professional violinist who taught as a Suzuki-certified violin/viola instructor, served as a co-concertmaster for the National Repertory Orchestra, and held a tenured position with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. I'm also a mean bluegrass fiddler and I've periodically crossed over into the land of rock/pop, playing and recording with some Cleveland bands including These Knees and The Promise Hero.

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
Fun Fact - Served as an officer in US Army Reserves, deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, one time tank driver

 

PGY-3

Erin Fulchiero, MD 

Hometown - Dayton, Ohio
Undergraduate - Bryn Mawr College
Medical School - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Interests/Hobbies - Playing outside (hiking, cycling, running, skiing) or inside (climbing, lifting) depending on the weather, reading, writing, film, music, family and friends.  I have interests in the Medical Humanities, Medical Education, and Medical Editing.

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
Fun fact - Worked as a research fellow at the University of Miami and a clinical trainee in epilepsy and EEG at Cleveland Clinic prior to starting residency

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
Favorite Quote: "It is better to try and regret than regret that I have never tried it."
Fun Fact: I worked as an Oncologist for several years in Russia prior to starting my psychiatry training.

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 (Psychotherapy Chief Resident)

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-4

 

Awais Aftab MD (Education/Research 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
Favorite Quote -'I am persuaded that if truth is a number, it never comes out even.' (John Stone)
Fun fact - I used to actively write on my personal blog (and still occasionally do), and during med school I wrote an online book – in blog format – titled 'An Amateur's History of Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Derrida'.
https://awaisaftab.blogspot.com/
http://historyofmodernphilosophy.blogspot.com/

Cheryl Chen, MD (Core Chief Resident)

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 (Core 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 

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.”
Fun fact - I have traveled to over 40 countries on 6 continents.

Alexandra Wang, MD 

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
Fun Fact: I have done over 50 escape rooms.                           

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