Program Leadership

Program Directors


Adam Pallant, MD, PhD, Program DirectorAdam Pallant, MD, PhD, Program Director

Adam Pallant has been the residency director at Brown Medical School since 1998.  He completed his graduate and medical training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, followed by pediatric residency and chief residency at the University of California, San Francisco. 

 Dr. Pallant continues to practice and precept general pediatrics and refugee health in the primary care clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He was in a community pediatric practice for two years prior to being invited to work with the residency program at Brown.  He chose Providence as the location to settle for its unique mix of coastal beauty and access, cultural and ethnic diversity, great food, and reasonable lifestyle with ready entrance to urban and rural activities without the expense and congestion of many larger cities.

 Dr. Pallant has put a priority on bringing a humanistic and family-centered focus to resident education and patient care. He received the Brown Pediatric Award for Outstanding Dedication to Patient Care in 2009 in addition to earlier receiving both the Teaching Recognition Award and The Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award at Brown University.  Previously he received the Neossi Award at the end of his chief residency at UCSF, given in recognition of caring interactions with medical staff while providing outstanding and humanistic medical care. Dr. Pallant is currently interested in fostering a meaningful and pragmatic educational approach to humanistic health care in the context of a busy residency training environment.          

Bonnie O'Connor, PhDBonnie O'Connor, PhDDr. O’Connor,  Associate Program Director,  is a Folklorist by training, having received her doctoral degree from the Department of Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania. There she specialized in the ethnographic study of health belief and behavior; complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) – including ethnomedical systems; cultural and cross-cultural issues in health care; and patient/family perspectives of health, illness, and care.  She has made her 25-year career conducting ethnographic research in health matters, and applying her specialized knowledge in medical education. Throughout this time she has also served on hospital Ethics Committees helping to mediate among differing viewpoints and values in resolving complex dilemmas.  She frequently reviews grant applications and manuscript submissions that deal with cultural, cross-cultural, bioethics, and ethnographic research topics.  A native Texan who grew up in both Texas and Mexico, Bonnie is a dog lover, perennial gardener, avid reader, beach bum, and scuba diver – all in the company of her husband and best friend, Mal – who also happens to be the person who introduced her to Rhode Island where he spent many happy childhood and adolescent summers. 

Rhode Island Favorites:  the beach, friendly people, Saugys, fresh seafood (especially in“joints”), – and, did I mention the beach?


Jeffrey Riese, MDJeffrey Riese, MDJeff, Associate Program Director,  graduated from Bowdoin College in 2002 and then spent 3 years in a non-traditional path before entering medical school.  He spent 12 months working and living in Yokohama, Japan teaching conversation English to middle school children, then traveled throughout Southeast Asia before returning to the Boston area where he grew up.  While applying to medical school, he worked as a pediatric nursing assistant before entering University of Massachusetts Medical School.  At UMass, Jeff met his current wife who couples matched to the Pediatric Residency at Brown.  In residency, Jeff completed clinical research about factors related to readmission in bronchiolitis and was awarded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award by Brown Medical School.  After his year as chief resident , he is now a pediatric hospitalist.

According to Jeff, an ideal day in Providence is grabbing a coffee at the Coffee Exchange, going to the park with his 2-year-old daughter Chloe and 3 month old son, Mason, catching an independent film at either the Cable Car Cinema or the Avon, then hitting Wayland Sq for dinner at La Laiterie.


Program Coordinators

Donna Glittone, Program CoordinatorDonna Glittone, Program CoordinatorDonna is a home grown Rhode Islander who grew up with all the favorite things Rhode Island is noted for:  Dell’s lemonade, coffee milk and Allie’s donuts.  She has worked in the residency program for the past 21 years.   She is a true sun worshipper whose favorite place to relax is in Aruba.

Rhode Island Favorites:  Spending time at the beaches, raking leaves and shoveling snow.


Dennisse Reyes, Program CoordinatorDennisse Reyes, Program CoordinatorDennisse has been living in Providence almost her entire life, but please don’t ask her for directions.    She was born in Puerto Rico and came to live in little old Providence while just a toddler.  She is the typical Rhode Islander, which means anything more than a 30 minutes drive is too far.  She’s been working at Rhode Island Hospital since the age of 15 and has worked in many areas in the hospital, but for the past 10 years has been with the Residency.   She loves talking to and helping people which is just one of the reasons she truly enjoys her job.  She also loves to play Rummy 500 with some of her closest friends.  When she’s not at work, Dennisse loves spending time with her husband, daughter, son, her dog, and her immediate family.

 Rhode Island Favorites:  Everything in Rhode Island is close, the change of seasons, lots of places to buy cheap and expensive bling, and the Residency!


 Lori Moniz, Program AssistantLori Moniz, Program AssistantI started working at Rhode Island Hospital in 1985. Since 1992, I have work with the Pediatric ResidencyTraining Program and in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. In 2007, I also took over as the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Coordinator. According to Dennisse Reyes, my husbandand I are the “Bo and Hope” of RI, having been together since our teen years. We have 3 adult sons andrecently we welcomed a daughter -in- law into our family. I also have 2 dogs, Tess-a wonderful yellowlab and Roxy a “sweet” Rottweiler. I have lived in Rhode Island my whole life and love it here! I actuallybought and live now in my childhood home in Barrington. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with myfamily, baking and Zumba. I am also a volunteer with Home and Hospice Care of RI and The AmericanCancer Society.

Rhode Island Favorites: There are so many wonderful places to visit in Rhode Island. The small towns are charming, the beaches are exquisite. The parks are picturesque and the restaurants are delectable. But always rememberwhen in Rhode Island, you must be sure to have a quahog, Iggy’s doughboys, Del’s lemonade, hotwieners and a glass of coffee milk!


 Chief Residents

  Jaclyn KlineJaclyn Kline

Jaclyn is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is known to bring her Terrible Towel to football parties despite being in Patriot territory.  She received a BS in Biochemistry with a minor in Bioethics from the University of Virginia where she was very involved in volunteer work through Dance Marathon, a large fundraiser for the UVA Children's Hospital.  She then stayed in Virginia and received her MD from Virginia Commonwealth University where she was an active member of student government, serving as class secretary.  She plans to pursue a career in Pediatric Emergency Medicine after her chief residency year at Brown.

 Rhode Island Favorites: Trying the many great restaurants that Providence has to offer.  Going running along Blackstone Boulevard or for a bike ride on the East Bay Bike Path.  Walking around the East Side.  East Beach and Little Compton Beach.


Stephanie TecunStephanie TecunAlthough Boston-born, Stephanie lived with her family in Guatemala until the age of 9, when they moved to Rhode Island. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Providence College. As a medical student at Brown University, she built on her experiences in the Rhode Island Free Clinic and became one of the founders of a group committed to expanding free clinical services for the uninsured community in Providence. She is co-author of an article outlining the demanding process of planning and funding a new clinical site. She loves traveling - exploring the history and cuisine of the places she can visit - and looks forward to more experiences during residency. When local, she stays busy with swimming, running, bowling, board games and reading fiction. She will be staying on at Brown after her residency to be one of the pediatrics chief residents.