Class of 2020

Gerica Alvarado, MD: Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityGerica Alvarado, MD: Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityHello! I was born in Puerto Rico and lived there until I was 6 years old, when my mom and I moved to New Haven, CT. Growing up far away from my family in Puerto Rico was tough but I always looked forward to spending entire summer breaks back on the island! I don't know exactly when my interest in medicine began but I have always known it is what I am meant to do, despite being the first in my family to choose this path. Medicine allows me to pursue all my interests and passions, which has only become more true as the years have gone on. 

During my undergraduate time at Brown I became involved in the Interpreter's Aide Program, which allowed me to shadow professional interpreters at Rhode Island Hospital to learn the art of interpreting and eventually volunteer independently. As an interpreter, I was a patient's closest ally. It was the perfect transition into my medical years at Brown. I continued to volunteer as an interpreter in medical school and deepened my connection to the patient population in Rhode Island by also volunteering at the free clinics in the area, RIFC and Clinica Esperanza. 

Medical school allowed me to continue my love of singing by becoming a part of the "Medical Records" a Capella group. I also discovered my love of teaching and worked on several educational projects, including teaching Sex Ed to students in Central Falls and teenagers in Dominica (where my husband was at the time), co-leading a medical Spanish course, and spending time at the Teddy Bear Clinic playing with elementary school students and a giant blue bear to show them visits to the doctor don't have to be scary. The highlight of my medical education was spending a month in the Dominican Republic as a fourth-year student becoming familiar not just with endemic diseases but also learning about the healthcare and educational systems on the island.

I am so excited to be spending the next three years at Brown, which has in so many ways become my home. My interests in Family Medicine include Women's Health, Community Health, Medical Education, and Health Advocacy. In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, hiking, yoga, meditation, Netflix, and finding new breweries with my husband!

Thomas Atwood, MD: University of Connecticut School of MedicineThomas Atwood, MD: University of Connecticut School of MedicineMy name is Tom and I am thrilled to be a part of the Brown Family Medicine Residency! A native New Englander, I grew up in Woodstock, CT. My journey to medicine started in grade school when I fell in love with science, initially planning to be a teacher. I traveled south to Duke University for college, where I studied Economics, Philosophy, and Biology (not to mention basketball). While an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to go abroad and work at a hospital in rural Eshowe, South Africa, where I found my vocation to the practice of medicine. I returned to Connecticut for medical school and am very excited to be doing my residency in Rhode Island!

I love everything about family medicine -- continuity of care, diversity of diagnoses, holistic approach, focus on prevention. I love to learn patients' stories and walk with them on their journey toward better health. I have a particular interest in academic medicine and would like to work as a faculty member at a medical school or residency program. After all, I wanted to be a teacher long before I ever wanted to be a doctor...

I am blessed to have a wonderful wife, Lexi, and two little boys, Gabriel and Benjamin. My interests outside medicine include running, hiking, board/card games, playing and watching sports, and going on adventures with the boys.

Julie Blossom Hartley, MD: Oakland University William Beaumont School of MedicineJulie Blossom Hartley, MD: Oakland University William Beaumont School of MedicineHi there! My name is Julie, and I’m new to New England! Before moving to Rhode Island for residency, I had spent my whole life in Michigan. I grew up in a small rural town - a good drive to any large metropolitan area - so I naturally came to love all things outdoors: kayaking, hiking, swimming, camping, yard games, leisure sports (I’m not particularly good at any of these, but I’m told I have a lot of “heart”). I have to admit that I’ve even come to enjoy the snow!

I attended the University of Michigan for college where I spent a lot of my time volunteering with the campus' sexual assault prevention and awareness group. Our campus activities often expanded beyond solely addressing issues of sexual violence and broadened to contraceptives, sexual identity, and the psychological and physical repercussions of trauma. My involvement with the campus activism efforts of this group certainly informed my views on health and prevention, specifically the need for comprehensive and compassionate primary care. In medical school at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, I continued working with youth to address sexual health and intimate partner violence through a partnership with an after-school program in Detroit. I also spent much of my time volunteering in our medical school’s student-run free clinic, where I fell in love with family medicine. 

My interests in family medicine include community medicine, women’s health, medical Spanish, and health education and literacy. I’m so excited to continue growing as a family physician at Brown, and I’m fortunate to start this new chapter alongside my husband who is currently training to become a radiologist at Brown! We have two very friendly cats and a rescue greyhound. We are looking forward to discovering all Rhode Island has to offer!

Molly Cook, MD: University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolMolly Cook, MD: University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolHi! I’m originally from Braintree, MA. I wasn’t one of those kids who knew that they wanted to be a doctor early on. In fact, in one of my School Days books I had my mom write that I wanted to be a clown when I grew up. I think I chose that because I really liked making people laugh, and still do!

For college, I went to Holy Cross in Worcester, MA (or “Paris of the Millennium” as we call it), where I studied Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. For my one required science class, I took a class on HIV. I discovered that science was hard, but also really cool. On a trip to Tanzania my junior year, I learned about female genital cutting. Researching this for my senior capstone, along with organizing sexual assault awareness week on campus set me on a path of wanting to learn more about medicine and to advocate for others.

After graduation I did a postbac program at Bryn Mawr College just outside Philly. It was a brave new world – this was my first time living outside of MA! I took the next two years to work as a research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital and volunteer in a domestic violence shelter. I then made my big return to Worcester to start at UMass Medical School. During an extended year, I was awarded an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for creating and teaching a curriculum on teen dating violence for Central MA youth programs.

My interests in Family Medicine include: women’s health, adolescent health, underserved populations, mental health, mindfulness, advocacy, and teaching. Outside of medicine, I enjoy being outside (hiking, running, kayaking), doing yoga, eating good food, gardening, and of course, watching Netflix. My family is in MA, and I’m super excited that I’ll be close by to watch my four-month old niece grow up!

I am thrilled to be here at Brown for residency, and to make Rhode Island my new home!! 

Shaun Flynn, MD: Drexel School of MedicineShaun Flynn, MD: Drexel School of MedicineHello, my name is Shaun. I am very excited to be back in New England after a ten year hiatus. I was raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. My family instilled in me a deep love for the outdoors at an early age, taking my younger sister and me out on Squam Lake, hiking in the White Mountains and giving us free reign to wander the woods around our house.  This love for the outdoors continued in high school while I worked on a local vegetable farm during the summers (there’s nothing better than fresh sweet corn right off the stalk) and ventured out on backpacking trips with friends as often as possible, completing all 48 4000 foot peaks in New Hampshire.

Interested in science journalism, filmmaking and photography, with the hope of possibly working for National Geographic someday, I landed at American University in Washington, D.C.  There I worked for the school’s newspaper and interned at the Diane Rehm Show. The road to become a science writer was looking clear, however, in between my sophomore and junior year, I enrolled in an outdoor educator course with the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming. I hoped that this course would provide me with the skills and certifications to lead outdoor trips of my own, what I didn’t realize was how this course would change the trajectory of what I wanted to do in life. 

There was an 80 hour wilderness medicine curriculum interwoven into the month of backpacking in Wyoming’s Absaroka Mountains.  The hands on application of medical care in a remote setting, including a real life scenario in which a classmate broke his leg and had to be evacuated from one of the most remote corners of the lower 48 states, left a profound impact on me and sparked my curiosity to start exploring medicine. 

This newfound passion led me to work at the National Institute of Health researching endocannabinoids and models of PTSD (the lab research was balanced with two summers in Alaska leading backpacking trips for high schoolers and glacier tours).  Two years later, I began medical school at Drexel University in Philadelphia. 

Over the past four years of medical school, I’ve found my interest in wilderness medicine has expanded to include rural and community medicine as well as interests in addiction and sports medicine. I’m excited by the opportunities to continue to grow and explore as a Brown Family Medicine Resident and working in an energetic and dedicated healthcare community.  

Andrea Gaul, DO: University of New England College of MedicineAndrea Gaul, DO: University of New England College of MedicineBrown Family Medicine offers comprehensive training with a team of supportive faculty and residents. I appreciate the program’s dedication to serve the community and emphasis on delivering high-quality, patient-focused health care.

I am interested in full-spectrum family medicine, with particular interests in women’s health, behavioral health, and health care advocacy. I enjoy tennis, reading, riding my bicycle, and traveling with friends and family. 

 

Caitlin Gillooly, MD: New York Medical CollegeCaitlin Gillooly, MD: New York Medical CollegeHello! I was born and raised in Johnston, RI, and I’m wicked excited to bring my love for coffee milk and Del’s Lemonade back to the Ocean State after ten years away! I graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, in 2011 and spent some time before medical school doing bench research at Massachusetts General Hospital. I started medical school at the New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, in 2013 and fell in love with family medicine soon into my training. I’ve found family medicine to be the perfect fit for the small-town values I grew up with in RI.

At NYMC, I was involved in a variety of student groups, including flag football, AMSA and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Perhaps most rewarding however, was being able to unite my love of travel and medicine with several global health opportunities. At the end of my fourth year of medical school, I was fortunate enough to spend a month in South Africa exploring the difficulties of administering quality healthcare in a resource poor setting to HIV/AIDS patients. The skills I learned will be invaluable to my future practice as a primary care and global health provider. Additionally, as a Type 1 Diabetic, I’m a passionate advocate of advancing diabetes education, especially in the primary care setting. I look forward to bringing my intimate knowledge to my future patients and coworkers to better the health of our population.

Outside of medicine, my husband, Daryl, and I live in Attleboro, MA with our cat, Luna. We just bought our first home and enjoy learning the limits of our own DIY-handiness. In our limited free time, we love playing bar trivia, trying out Providence or Boston’s latest food scene or enjoying the beautiful RI coastline! I am thrilled to be starting with the Brown Family Medicine Program and can’t wait to serve my local RI community.

Tamara Marryshow Granados: Florida State University College of MedicineTamara Marryshow Granados: Florida State University College of Medicine¡Hola! My name is Tamara Aisha Marryshow Granados - since that’s a mouthful, everyone just calls me Tams. I was born in Cuba and lived there until I was seven. My mom and I then joined my dad in his native Grenada. I lived in Grenada until I departed for the shores of Miami, where I completed a bachelor’s in economics at Florida International University.

At FIU, some of my fellow students and I identified a serious lack of HIV/AIDS education and awareness. At the time, Miami-Dade’s HIV incidence was third in the nation by county. Excited to effect positive change and surrounded by equally passionate individuals, I was able to co-create the B-HIVe (Be HIV Educated) Project. The latter served as an outreach awareness program and a fundraiser to benefit local HIV/AIDS resource centers in Miami. Working with HIV patients, their families, and the centers that we served, was one of the many catalysts that led me to medicine.

After undergrad, I worked in the financial sector for John Hancock Financial Services as an associate. While this job was thrilling in many ways, I knew it was not the right fit for me. I longed for the passion and service-oriented career that I had glimpsed through B-HIVe. I decided to pursue a career in medicine and the rest is history as we say! I completed my post-bac, pre-med pre-requisites at the University of Central Florida, working full-time in the workers’ compensation field to allow me the flexibility to go to school.

I was then fortunate to attend the Florida State University College of Medicine. Go Noles! I love everything about FSU, and chose it for its mission to assist underserved communities, its commitment to diversity and its goal to create well-rounded, patient-centered, compassionate physicians. In so many ways, the family medicine residency program at Brown echoes these values. So… finding a home-away-from-home, and buying my very first winter coat ever, I made the leap to gorgeous Rhode Island.

In my spare time, I’m an avid foodie. If there is a farmer’s market or food truck fair, chances are you’ll find me there. I am beyond excited and humbled to be here, and look forward to this next chapter!!!

Stephanie Morton, MD: Geisel School of Medicine at DartmouthStephanie Morton, MD: Geisel School of Medicine at DartmouthHi there! I was born in San Jose, CA, and grew up in Huntsville, AL. After a fun childhood in the South, I headed up north to West Point, NY, for my first two years of college, where I rowed for the crew team and spent a lot of time running around in the woods carrying heavy things.

Although I had a great first two years at West Point, I decided to transfer to a school that would allow me to focus more on science and medicine. Since my parents had become Florida residents during my time at West Point, I transferred to the University of Florida. I spent a year there finishing out my undergraduate degree in biology and working as a tutor at the UF Teaching Center. In my final term, I founded a Supplemental Instruction peer-led study group program for the undergraduate biochemistry course. I then veered off my path to medicine, staying on as a graduate student to grow the program and dabble in molecular biology research for two years to earn a master's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. 

After graduation, I happily escaped the heat and went north to Hanover, NH, to begin medical school at Dartmouth. While there, I continued to pursue my interest in education as a curriculum representative on the Medical Education Committee and Geisel Student Government. I also fell in love with rural New England and developed a passion for family medicine and primary care. 

I'm excited to enter the field of family medicine because of the continuity, variety, and incredible patient relationships it offers. I'm thrilled to have joined the wonderful people at the Brown Family Medicine Residency for my training! I was drawn here in large part because of the program's strength in teaching residents to become faculty in family medicine. When I’m not at the hospital, you can find me running, hiking, reading, woodworking, knitting, or playing with my dog Mona.

Melissa Ochoa-Trochez, MD: Albert Einstein College of MedicineMelissa Ochoa-Trochez, MD: Albert Einstein College of MedicineHello! I was born in Honduras and immigrated to NY at the age of 1. I am the eldest of 3, first in my family to be a doctor, and Brooklyn built. I attended Medical school in the Bronx at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and now am thrilled to be part of another amazing community here in Rhode Island.

My path to medicine was not traditional, having spent a large part of my adolescent/ college years studying art.  In the junior year of college, during a study abroad trip to Paris, I realized that my passion was ultimately to help others, and while art provided a medium for me it was the sciences that truly was where my passion lied. And just like that, I switched my major to biology, began learning more about the health care field, and realized that my dream was to be a doctor, specifically one that cares for underserved populations – a very dear and familiar community to me.

In medical school, my interests involved research, education and clinical medicine. I participated as a clinical researcher on a prospective NIH-funded maternal fetal medicine study at Columbia University. My passion for clinical research led me to take an extra year of school to pursue a Research Fellowship at Albert Einstein working with parenting adolescents and mental health, and a Global Health Fellowship, where I conducted research with adolescent females regarding reproductive health and worked in the rural clinics of southern Chile.

I also worked with two infectious-disease attending physicians at Jacobi Medical Center working with the Bronx Borough President on a pilot HIV-Ambassador program aimed to reduced the number of new HIV infections. As part of this service-learning program, I helped to develop a curriculum and taught high school students about HIV/AIDs. My goal was to not only to activate their learning about HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted diseases but also to activate an action plan on how the students will then share this information with their peers.

I chose to come to Rhode Island for an opportunity to work with their underserved population as well as to continue to grow both personally and professionally. Brown FM does not only offer great opportunities in research, global health, and medical education but also has an incredible dedication to their community in Pawtucket and Central Falls. I feel truly lucky to be here!

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my partner, family, friends, and 2 dogs. I also enjoy meditating, Bikram yoga, and traveling.

Dylan Peterson, MD: University of Maryland School of MedicineDylan Peterson, MD: University of Maryland School of MedicineI grew up on the West Coast (Best Coast) in the town of Kingston in Washington State. Kingston had few attractions aside from operating a ferry boat across the Puget Sound, but it did have access to all of the amazing nature in the nearby Olympic Peninsula and the beautiful Pacific Northwest more broadly. For this reason I developed a love for all things outdoors, including camping, hiking, running, soccer, hockey, skiing, sailing, and waterskiing.

I moved across the Puget Sound to attend the University of Washington in Seattle where I graduated with a degree in Microbiology. While there I participated in a study abroad to Kenya. This kicked off my interest in Global Health, and led me to minor in International Studies with a focus on East Africa. In addition, this experience inspired me to do additional research in Zambia during medical school.

Before coming to medical school I did two years of research that focused on HIV transmission from mother to infant in cohorts in Kenya. Finally I landed at the University of Maryland in Baltimore for medical school before matching into the family medicine residency here at Brown.

For as long as I have been interested in medicine, I have been interested in primary care. When I was young I was able to see through my mother’s work (as a home health and hospice nurse) the depth of the relationships primary care providers have with their patients, and this sparked my interest in the field early on. In the third year of Medical School I discovered that I enjoyed every rotation and wanted a field where I could pursue many different areas of medicine. Finally, I believe health care is a human right and wanted to be in a field where people are deeply passionate about social justice and addressing health care inequity. For all of these reasons I chose Family Medicine and I have never looked back.

I spend as much of my free time as possible doing things outside as well as cooking vegetarian food, gardening, writing, and exploring all the amazing restaurants that Providence has to offer. I am so excited to be at Brown, and I am looking forward to exploring all that is packed into the tiny state of Rhode Island!

Miriam Segura-Harrison, MD: Boston University School of MedicineMiriam Segura-Harrison, MD: Boston University School of MedicineHi! I'm Miriam Segura-Harrison. I grew up in LA, but moved to the east coast shortly after finishing undergrad. I had a long and winding path to medicine, which included a undergraduate biology degree, a bunch of basic science bench research, an excursion into intensive study of Talmud and Jewish Law (with a focus on women's issues, particularly as regards reproductive/lifecycle events), a masters in biotech, working for a small pharmaceutical company, teaching, and then finally, starting medical school at Boston University School of Medicine in 2015. During medical school, I discovered my zeal for women's health in all forms, ranging from reproductive justice to community breastfeeding support. I got trained as a CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) and launched a Breastfeeding Medicine elective at my medical school. Seeking to build on this foundation, I initially had thought OB/Gyn would be my path, and I completed an intern year in OB/Gyn at Einstein/Montefiore in New York. During that year, I determined that I wanted to practice full-spectrum, full-body medicine, and broaden my scope beyond OB/Gyn to care for entire families across the lifespan. With that goal in mind, I took a year off to do research, staff a community-based breastfeeding support group, and most importantly, apply for residency in Family Medicine! I am beyond thrilled to have matched here at Brown Family Medicine, and look forward to taking this momentous next step in becoming a Family Physician! 

Hannah Stoops, MD: New York Medical CollegeHannah Stoops, MD: New York Medical CollegeHey there! I grew up in Attleboro, MA, right over the border from Providence, and have been a nomad ever since, moving all over MA and heading down to NY. I am beyond excited to finally be coming home for residency at Brown! I attended UMass Amherst for college, majoring in Kinesiology and loving every minute of it. Here, I was able to participate in childhood obesity prevention research in which we developed pilot physical activity programs for parents and children in low SES communities. It was this experience that highlighted my passion for collaborating with community members and partners to improve community health and wellness and emphasized the need for preventative medicine initiatives.

After completing a year of orthopedic research at New England Baptist Hospital, I began medical school at New York Medical College. I quickly became involved in on-campus life, co-chairing the Senate Wellness Committee, which focused on planning events for students to promote school unity and provide an outlet for our peers. I spent much of my free time organizing volunteering events for Project Sunshine and for the Golden Humanism Honor Society. Collaborating with our community partners provided some of the most rewarding experiences in medical school! In addition to volunteering, I participated in research throughout my time at NYMC, focusing on identifying genetic variants involved in patent ductus arteriosus in extremely low birth weight infants. It was the culmination of all my experiences in both rotations and extracurriculars that led me to finding my niche in family medicine, with specific interests in preventative medicine and chronic disease management, community health, and population health. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to train at Brown Family Medicine, with such an amazing team of faculty, mentors, and residents dedicated to serving and bettering their community!

During a free afternoon, you can catch me spending time with my family, fiancé, and friends, either kayaking, hiking, dancing, volunteering, or brunching. Sundays always include good food and football and yes we are all diehard New England fans! Let’s goooo!