The 2017-2018 Resident Council
|Lauren Chambers, D.O.
Residency Program: Carolinas Rehabilitation, Charlotte, NC
Internship: Traditional Rotating Internship, Danville Regional Medical Center, Danville, NC
Medical School: WVSOM, Lewisburg, WV
Physiatry Interests: Musculoskeletal medicine, MSK US, interventional Spine, regenerative medicine
Initially participated with the AOCPMR as a first-year medical student and continues to enjoy the welcoming culture of the organization and people involved.
|Dan Grabarek, D.O.
Residency Program: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
I am proud to be specializing in Physiatry and helping make a functional difference in our patient’s lives. My primary areas of interest are neurorehabilitation, general inpatient rehab, and outpatient neuromusculoskeletal medicine. This will now be my 6thyear involved with the AOCPMR and during this time I have grown professionally with the welcoming support, education, and encouragement from our specialty college.
Secretary and Treasurer
|Patricia Goodwin, D.O.
Residency Program: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital
I discovered the field of PM&R through a professor and mentor in medical school. One of my favorite quotes comes from the father of rehabilitation medicine, Dr. Howard Rusk, “to believe in rehabilitation is to believe in humanity.” Belief in a patient brings together the compassion that a physician embodies towards a patient with the knowledge of modern medicine. I believe physiatrists are crucial in helping patients reach their potential with belief being the core of rehabilitation. The ability to provide non-surgical options to treat a wide variety of disabled patients, work closely with a rehabilitation team, form life-long relationships with patients, and bridge the gap between many fields of medicine makes physiatry an exciting field to me. Her favorite quote is “To believe in rehabilitation is to believe in humanity" -Dr. Howard Rusk.
Marc Gruner, D.O., M.B.A.
Residency Program: Medstar Georgetown University Hospital – Washington, DC
I chose PM&R because I love watching people improve over time. My experience as a personal trainer and desire for integrating exercise attracted me to the specialty. I have two passions that I am constantly striving for. First, I am working every day to become and expert in musculoskeletal ultrasound. Secondly, I am trying to create a one stop shop of musculoskeletal care enhancing the patient experience, providing value based care programs, and quality metrics to connect medical care with allied health care.
|Jacob Reisner, D.O.
Residency Program: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
I became interested in rehabilitation from my own personal experiences as an athlete. In medical school, I chose PM&R because it matched my interests in multi-modal treatment of musculoskeletal and neurologic diseases. I got involved with AOCPMR first as a medical student and later got the chance to attend the mid-year meeting in 2014. I’m excited to be involved again as a resident.
Educational Committee Chair
|Katie Hatt, D.O.
Residency Training: Temple University/Moss Rehab, Graduating 2018
Internship Training: AOA Rotating Internship at Berkshire Medical Center
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduated 2014
PM&R Interests: Pediatrics, neuro rehab, musculoskeletal medicine, general medical rehab, and osteopathic manipulation. I joined AOCPMR with the goal of becoming more involved in shaping the educational opportunities and promoting osteopathy throughout our training and practice as physiatrists.
Mid-Year Meeting Chairs
|Kunal Oak, D.O.
Residency Program: NYU/RUSK Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
Internship: North Shore LIJ Plainview Hospital
Medical School: NYCOM
PM&R Interests: Pain Medicine, Subacute Rehabilitation
From a very young age, I’ve been enamored with sports and physical well-being. This interest naturally led me down the path to physiatry, which integrates the fundamentals of musculoskeletal physiology into day to day practice. Following my training at the world renowned Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine I hope to work with a variety of patients, from getting the young amateur weekend warriors back onto the field, to helping the elderly live functional and pain free lives.
|Mohammad Zaidi, D.O.
Residency Program: Stony Brook Department of PM&R
Internship: Plainview Hospital Traditional Rotating Internship
Medical school: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Physiatry Interests: Interventional pain management, sports and spine medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine, Osteopathic manipulative medicine
The thing I like best about PM&R is its common sense approach to post-acute care. I feel the modalities we utilize are easily understood and can be communicated in great depth to patients with relative simplicity. While the knowledge base is itself immersive, in PM&R patients can communicate their concerns and participate in their treatment in a way that is not always available to patients in other specialties. I believe this flexibility and allowance for participation allows the physician to connect very personally with their patients. It’s this dynamic that made me pursue a career in rehab medicine.
|Alexander Morales, D.O.
Residency Program: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL
Internship: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL
Medical School: Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Glendale, AZ
Physiatry Interests: Neuromusculoskeletal medicine, sports medicine, interventional spine, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, integrative medicine
I chose PM&R as a specialty because of its unique blend of different medical disciplines with an emphasis on physical medicine. Physiatry embodies the core osteopathic principle that structure and function are interrelated. I believe that our scope of practice allows physiatrists endless opportunities to be a positive influence in patient’s lives. My vision is to expand our view of rehabilitation to be more than just physical recovery, but to encompass a revitalization of one’s spirit.
“You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take.” -Wayne Gretzky
|Shiel Jhaveri, D.O.
Residency Program: Larkin Community Hospital, South Miami, Florida
Internship/Residency: Larkin Community Hospital, South Miami, Florida
Medical school: PCOM Philadelphia campus
Physiatry Interests:TBI, pain
I chose the field of physiatry because it affords the opportunity to witness and assist patients in making progress in regaining their lives and independence after an illness or injury. Being part of the AOCPMR allows me to help spread the word about physiatry and work with some really awesome people!
|Samantha Willer, D.O.
Residency: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – Hershey, PA
Internship: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – Hershey, PA
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine – Harrogate, TN
Physiatry Interests: Spinal cord injury, adaptive sports, musculoskeletal medicine, ultrasound
My first exposure to PM&R was with the MSSCE (Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship) program that the AAP holds every summer. I participated in the program at University of Wisconsin the summer between first and second year of medical school. After that, I was certain I wanted to be a physiatrist. The aspects that I love most about PM&R are the integration of fields that I love and enjoy (ortho, neuro, sports medicine, etc.), and the privilege that we have to witness individuals become more independent after life-altering situations.
|Aaron Hanyu-Deutemeyer, D.O.
Residency Program: Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Discovering the field of PM&R was a turning point in my life. Prior to this, I knew I wanted to be involved in medicine but nothing really "fit". I tried the business side of medicine first, and found that it wasn't for me. Medical school came next, and with that exposure to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. With the improvements in modern medicine, physicians too quickly become obsessed with treating numbers and symptoms without looking at the whole patient. Physiatry focuses on the quality of a patient's life and on maximizing their ability to live and enjoy it. This focus continues to give me motivation every day, and I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with these patients and watch them succeed.
Resident Fellowship Chair
|Justin Weppner, D.O.
Residency Program: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Internship: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth VA
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Physiatry Interests: Sports Medicine, Brain Injury, OMM, Ultrasound
I became interested in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation after serving as a General Medical Officer in the Navy while providing care to service members with traumatic brain injury and traumatic amputation.
|Nicholas Elwert, D.O., M.S.
Residency Program: University of Kentucky-Lexington, KY
Internship: University of Kentucky-Lexington, KY
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Physiatry Interests: Neurorehabilitation, Musculoskeletal and Regenerative Medicine, Ultrasound, Sports Medicine/Performance Arts, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Pediatric Rehabilitation.
My first introduction to AOCPMR was as a first year medical student and now consider it my “professional family”. I chose to pursue a career in PM&R due toit’s focus on functionality, team based approach and the focus on musculoskeletal medicine. The role of physiatrists will only grow as we age as a society along with the advances of medicine. I am honored to be a part of the field!
|Jonathan Sukumar, D.O.
Residency Program: Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine - California
PM&R Interests: Sports medicine, Interventional Spine, TBI, Neuromuscular Medicine
I am a new member to AOCPMR, but I look forward to connecting the PM&R and Osteopathic communities in the region I represent.
|Ameer Ali, D.O.
Residency Program: Mercy Catholic Medical Center/LECOM PM&R Rockville Centre, NY
Internship: Traditional Rotating Internship, St. John's Episcopal Far Rockaway, NY
Medical School: Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine Stratford, NJ
Physiatry Interests: Sports Medicine, Osteopathic manipulation, Ultrasound guided injections
For me, PM&R was the right fit because I find fulfillment when working with patients who are on the road to recovery. It is very rewarding to see a patient come into an inpatient unit and they cannot even take 1 step. By the time they are being discharged, the patient can now walk 100+ steps. It just feels great to be part of a process that helps patients go back to their lives, and improve their overall quality of life. I also enjoy the company of the co-residents and the team based approach that PM&R has to offer.
|Ellia Ciamaichella, D.O.
Residency program: McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Houston, TX
Internship: College Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
Medical school: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, Henderson, NV
Physiatry interests: spinal cord injury medicine, OMT and musculoskeletal medicine
As this year's Southcentral Regional Representative my goals are to improve regional communication and create a strong regional osteopathic community for residents. I enjoys water sports and spending time with my growing family.
|Marjorie Mamsaang, D.O.
Residency Program: Larkin Community Hospital, Miami, FL
Internship: Traditional Rotating Internship, Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV
Physiatry Interests: Musculoskeletal Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine, Sports Medicine
AOCPMR introduced me into the world of physiatry as I attended the Mid-Year Meetings as a medical student. PM&R is happy medicine! It calls for an optimistic and positive physician. What I love most about rehab is in helping patients move past their obstacles and learn how to take their first steps as they continue their walk through life.
|Jack Annunziato, D.O.
Residency Program: Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation-- Newark, NJ
Internship: Mercy Catholic Medical Center--Darby, PA
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine--Stratford, NJ
Physiatry Interests: Spinal Cord Injury, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Chronic Pain Management, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Cancer Rehabilitation
PM&R and Osteopathic medicine share a focus on treating the whole patient. I get to help people return to work and return to home. My goals are my patients’ goals: to get dressed themselves, to take notes in school, to continue to provide for a family. For me, PM&R was the natural progression from treating structures to improve function in OMM lab to helping patients improve their function within their families and communities.
Jared Aida, D.O.
Residency Program: Loma Linda University Health--Loma Linda, CA
Internship: Loma Linda University Health--Loma Linda, CA
Medical School: A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona--Mesa, AZ
Physiatry Interests: Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine
I have a deep passion for physical activity and musculoskeletal medicine. I hope to use my skills as a physiatrist to help keep people active and moving and enjoying life!
“Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.” –Alexis Carrel
Immediate Past President
|Adam Lewno, DO
Fellowship: Sports Medicine at University of Michigan
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Internship: UPMC Mercy Department of Medicine / Traditional Rotating Internship
Medical School: WVSOM
Physiatry Interests: MSK and Spine, Sports, performance arts, MSK and Spine, Burns, concussion/TBI, prosthesis, osteopathic manipulative medicine, Disorders of Consciousness
I decided to pursue PM&R quite a bit later than most people as I only discovered it at the beginning of my fourth year of medical school. Honestly I would argue that PM&R found me after a pediatric rotation where I was able to witness the just how much physiatry can change a patient’s life.