The 2016-2017 Resident Council

President

adam-lewno Adam Lewno, DO
Residency Program: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy – Pittsburgh, PA
Internship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy – Pittsburgh, PA
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine – Lewisburg, WV
Physiatry Interests: Musculoskeletal and spine, sports medicine, performance arts, burns, concussion/traumatic brain injury, 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 just how much physiatry can change a patient’s life.

Vice President

bill-fredericks Bill Fredericks, DO
Residency Program: Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN
Internship: Western Michigan University School of Medicine – Kalamazoo, MI
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine – Lewisburg, WV
Physiatry Interests: Pain medicine, pediatric rehabilitation, musculoskeletal medicine, general PM&R

My first exposure to PM&R was at an AOCPMR interventional pain management conference held at my medical school.

 Secretary and Treasurer

lauren-chambers Lauren Chambers, DO
Residency Program: Carolinas Rehabilitation – Charlotte, NC
Internship: Danville Regional Medical Center – Danville, VA
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine – Lewisburg, WV
Physiatry Interests: Musculoskeletal medicine, ultrasound, interventional spine, pain medicine

Lauren initially participated with the AOCPMR as a first year medical student and continues to enjoy the welcoming culture of the organization and people involved.  She attended medical school at WVSOM, Class of 2014, completed her traditional rotating internship at DRMC, Class of 2015 and continues her residency training at Carolinas Rehabilitation, Class of 2018.

Membership Committee

Marc Gruner, DO, MBA

Marc Gruner, DO, MBA
Residency Program: Medstar Georgetown University Hospital – Washington, DC
Internship: Christiana Care Transitional Year –Newark, DE
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Blacksburg, VA
Physiatry Interests: Sports medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, interventional spine, trigger points, Accountable Care Organizations, integrating physiatry and exercise prescription, osteopathic manual therapy, stem cells, personal training

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.

mohammad-zaidi Mohammed Zaidi, DO
Residency Program: Stony Brook University Hospital – Stony Brook, NY
Internship: Plainview Hospital North Shore LIJ – Plainview, NY
Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine – Old Westbury, NY
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.

Educational Committee

mona-mirchandani-resize Mona Mirchandani, DO
Residency Program: New York University Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine – New York, NY
Internship: North Shore LIJ/Staten Island University Hospital – Staten Island, NY
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine– New York City, NY
Physiatry Interests: Interventional pain management, acupuncture, regenerative medicine, sports medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine

When I was a third year medical student, I joined the AOCPMR national chapter to learn more about PM&R.  After attending the national mid-year conference, I realized how wonderful this field is and knew it was the right career for me.  In this field you can treat patients holistically, tailor specific treatment plans to their needs, follow their recovery, and restore their quality of life.  As a physiatrist you have the opportunity to bring life to patient’s years, not just years to a patient’s life.

kunal-oak-resize Kunal Oak, DO
Residency Program: New York University Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine – New York, NY
Internship: Plainview Hospital North Shore LIJ – Plainview, NY
Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine – Old Westbury, NY
Physiatry Interests: Regenerative medicine, pain medicine, sub-acute 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.

Conference Chairs

daniel-grabarek Dan Grabarek, DO
Residency Program: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL
Internship: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University/DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine - Cumberland Gap, TN
Physiatry Interests: Inpatient rehabilitation

I attended my first AOCPMR Mid-Year Meeting in 2013 and I have been hooked ever since. PM&R has been a transforming experience in my understanding of medicine as I work to increase my patients function and quality of life.

patricia-goodwin Patricia Goodwin, DO
Residency Program:
Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL
Internship:
Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University/DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine - Harrogate, TN
Physiatry Interests:
Musculoskeletal medicine, osteopathic manipulation, regenerative medicine

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.

Website Chair

alexander-morales Alexander Morales, DO
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

Bylaws Resident

 anthony-digirolamo Anthony DiGirolamo, DO
Residency Program: University of Washington Medical Center – Seattle WA
Internship: St. Luke's University Hospital – Bethlehem, PA
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Philadelphia, PA
Physiatry Interests: Pain medicine, interventional spine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, neuromuscular medicine and EMG, sports medicine

In the field of PM&R we often treat patients whose injury or disease has no “cure”. Our goal is to empower our patients and return “life to years.” No matter the severity of illness, injury or disease, somewhere in our patients there is always a place of “health.”  As stated by A.T. Still, “To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.” In order to heal we must first find the health in each patient. The health needs to be recognized, honored and nurtured for healing to occur. This is the philosophy of osteopathy and the object of the physiatrist.

Resident Employment

nina-carmela-tamayo Niña Carmela R. Tamayo, DO, MS, MPH
Residency Program: Mercy Medical Center – Rockville Centre, NY
Internship: South Nassau Communities Hospital – Oceanside, NY
Medical School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine – Stratford, NJ
Physiatry Interests: Spinal cord injury, neurorehabilitation, adaptive sports, osteopathic manipulative medicine, musculoskeletal medicine

I was one of those medical students that enjoyed every rotation, but I chose physiatry because I saw the opportunity to build meaningful partnerships with patients, collaborate with a team of other health care professionals, but most importantly work to get patients to a place of functionality and improve their quality of life. Seeing the effect of rehabilitation for patients with strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputations was especially rewarding. I really enjoy advocating for my patients and hope to continue doing so both in medicine and in public health.

Resident Fellowship Chair

brian-wishart Brian D. Wishart, DO
Residency Program:
Thomas Jefferson University – Philadelphia, PA
Internship:
AI DuPont Hospital for Children Pediatric PMR – Wilmington, DE
Medical School:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Philadelphia, PA
Physiatry Interests:
Pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation, muscular dystrophies, leukodystrophies, spasticity management, sports medicine, MSK ultrasound, OMM

Working with children makes work go much quicker every day. Seeing our patients work through their injuries and eventual smile and play again makes everything worth it.

Allopathic Liaison

brittany-snider Brittany Snider, DO
Residency Program: Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN
Internship: St. Vincent Hospital – Indianapolis, IN
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine– East Lansing, MI
Physiatry Interests: Neurorehabilitation, spinal cord injury, ultrasound

My experiences in PM&R have been very rewarding. I continually learn from my patients, and I find it especially meaningful to work with them as they regain function. I appreciate that patients are true partners in their care, and the doctor-patient relationship is instrumental to recovery. I also admire that PM&R utilizes an interdisciplinary health care team, facilitating care of the whole patient. Osteopathic medicine aligns with physiatry, as both recognize the body as a unit and understand the role of the musculoskeletal system in restoring function.

Regional Representatives

rebecca-mcconnell Rebecca McConnell, DO
Region: Midwest

Residency Program: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
Internship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Altoona – Altoona, PA
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine – Lewisburg, WV
Physiatry Interests: Musculoskeletal medicine, spine, osteopathic manual medicine, ultrasound, electrodiagnostics

The AOCPMR is a wonderful community of motivated and dedicated physiatrists and physiatrists-in-training committed to creating a support system for this specialty, and it will provide educational and networking opportunities throughout our careers.

adil-hussain Adil Hussain, DO
Region: Midwest

Residency Program: Wayne State University/Beaumont - Taylor, MI
Internship: Wayne State University/Beaumont - Taylor, MI
Medical School: A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine– Mesa, AZ
Physiatry Interests: Traumatic brain injury, stroke, pain medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine

I joined AOCPMR because as a D.O., I want to help organize, connect with, and learn from the growing body of osteopathic physiatrists. I believe that the spirit and philosophy of osteopathic medicine and physiatry share many of the same qualities and characteristics. Both are aimed at improving the function, quality of life, and overall health of our society. I hope to continue to develop my knowledge and skills while helping others learn more about both fields throughout my career.

anish-mirchandani-resize Anish Mirchandani, DO
Region:
Northeast
Residency Program:
New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia/Cornell – New York City, NY
Internship:
Staten Island University Hospital/North Shore LIJ – Staten Island, NY
Medical School:
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine– New York City, NY
Physiatry Interests:
 Pain medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, regenerative medicine, functional medicine

My passion to pursue a career in PM&R came from an early appreciation for the significant value that functional recovery plays in the healing process. My interest in physiatry is to blend my knowledge of the neuromuscular system in treating my patients with spinal and musculoskeletal conditions. My vision is to establish meaningful relationships with my patients while providing a comprehensive treatment approach.

tricia-prince Tricia Prince, DO, MS
Region: Northeast

Residency Program: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL
Internship: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine – Stratford, NJ
Physiatry Interests: Sports medicine, women's health, musculoskeletal medicine

I've always wanted to do sports medicine as a kid once I decided I wasn't going to pursue a professional sports career. It was all about what avenue to get there. Rehab was the only specialty that encompassed everything I wanted to use in treating patients. I always told myself, I want a career or job that I didn't look at as work, but something I genuinely looked forward to everyday when I wake up. Having that feeling of completeness come over me on rehab rotations only served to further validate my decision and I couldn't be happier.

lucie-mitchell Lucie E. Mitchell, DO
Region: South-central

Residency Program: University of Alabama at Birmingham – Birmingham, AL
Internship: Manatee Memorial Hospital – Bradenton, FL
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine – Harrogate, TN
Physiatry Interests: Interventional pain, sports medicine, musculoskeletal medicine

I joined AOCPMR because it recognizes the importance of establishing a platform for mentoring and support, which in turn ensures the success of its members.  This shows the dedication that the AOCPMR has towards its members, and that, in itself, motivates one to work harder and to strive for the top. The emphasis to serve our community, the nation and the world through research and lifelong learning is another reason why I joined the AOCPMR.

brandon-fisher Brandon Fisher, DO
Region: South-central

Residency Program: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL
Internship: Westchester General Hospital – Miami, FL
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University/DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine - Cumberland Gap, TN
Physiatry Interests: Traumatic brain injury, pediatric rehabilitation, Paralympic & Olympic sports medicine, spinal cord injury, regenerative medicine

PM&R is a field like none other: one that embodies a multitude of subspecialties, and utilizing an interdisciplinary approach towards improving the quality of patients’ lives.  Whether it be seeing their initial struggles at injury, or seeing them flourish into wellness again, each patient sets down their own path towards recovery. I can think of nothing more rewarding than sharing in the moments of triumph with my patients as their goals are finally met.  PM&R is my way of getting to witness such wonderful events.

“Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.” –Alexis Carrel

patrick-brennan Patrick Brennan, DO
Region: Southeast

Residency Program: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL
Internship: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Bradenton, FL
Physiatry Interests: Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, pain medicine, sports medicine

"I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come." - Michael Jordan

justin-weppner Justin Weppner, DO
Region: Southeast

Residency Program: University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA
Internship: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth – Portsmouth, VA
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine – Lewisburg, WV
Physiatry Interests: Sports medicine, brain injury, osteopathic manipulative medicine, 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.

katiehatt Katie Hatt, DO
Region: Mid-Atlantic

Residency Program: Temple University Hospital/MossRehab – Elkins Park, PA
Internship: Berkshire Medical Center – Pittsfield, MA
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine – Biddeford, ME
Physiatry Interests: Pediatric rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, musculoskeletal medicine, general PM&R, osteopathic manipulation, cancer rehabilitation

I joined AOCPMR with the goal of becoming more involved in shaping educational opportunities and promoting osteopathy throughout our training and practice as physiatrists.

ben-belcik Ben Belcik, DO
Region: Mid-Atlantic

Residency Program: Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth – Cleveland, OH
Internship: Mercy Health/St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital – Youngstown, OH
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Erie, PA
Physiatry Interests: Sports and spine medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, osteopathic manual medicine, ultrasound

I initially joined AOCPMR in medical school to become more familiar with the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The information was vital in my preparation for residency, interviews and the match. My goals as an AOCPMR resident leader include continuing my education, building connections, and giving back to medical students and junior residents interested in PM&R. I also look forward to attending mid-year meetings.

michael-campian Michael Campian, DO
Region: West

Residency Program: University of Utah – Salt Lake City, UT
Internship: Naval Medical Center San Diego – San Diego, CA
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine – East Lansing, MI
Physiatry Interests: Sports medicine, running medicine, biomechanics, ultrasound, interventional

I found PM&R as an Undersea Medical Officer (UMO) in the United States Navy. My senior UMO and eventual mentor was a physiatrist.  I really enjoy the combination of neurology and musculoskeletal medicine and find it extremely fitting as an osteopathic physician.  As an aspiring sports medicine physician there is no better residency program which can prepare me for dealing with the athletic population.

amanda-olagunju Amanda Olagunju, DO
Region: West

Residency Program: University of Nebraska Medical Center/Ehrling Bergquist Clinic – Offutt AFB, NE
Internship: University of Nebraska Medical Center/Ehrling Bergquist Clinic – Offutt AFB, NE
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine – Stratford, NJ
Physiatry Interests: Osteopathic manipulative medicine, sports medicine

I joined AOCPMR during my first year of medical school and have loved being a part of the organization ever since. Although I’m going into family medicine, I appreciate the holism of physiatry. Furthermore, I desire to incorporate elements of physiatry into my practice as a family physician.

Immediate Past President

Jesse-Hatgis Jesse Hatgis, DO
Fellowship: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital Department of Pain Medicine
Residency Program: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL
Internship: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital – South Miami, FL
Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine – Old Westbury, NY
Physiatry Interests: Interventional pain management, regenerative medicine, sports and spine medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, prolotherapy, spasticity and dystonia management

While at a lecture given by prominent physiatrist Dr. Rebecca Fishman, during my first year of medical school, I had my first introduction to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). This lecture made me realize that PM&R was my calling. The intertwining of multiple medical disciplines (e.g. neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine), supplemented with the hands-on approach to medicine makes this field truly remarkable. Furthermore, the appeal of this specialty stems from all the subspecialties it encompasses, providing the physiatrist with endless opportunities in the field.

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