THE 2018-2019 RESIDENT COUNCIL

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PRESIDENT

Jake Reisner, DO

Residency Program: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education

Internship: St. Vincent Hospital Transitional Year Program

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Physiatry Interests: Sports Medicine, Exertional Leg Pain, MSK Ultrasound, EMG, Regenerative Medicine, Osteopathic Manual Medicine, Adaptive Sports

 

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 in my school’s AOCPMR student interest group and later on the student council.  As a resident, I wanted to get involved with the organization and served on the memberships committee.  I’m excited to serve as resident council president for the 2018-2019 year!

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VICE PRESIDENT

Marc Gruner, DO, MBA, RMSK – Vice President/Ecucation Chair

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 have been part of AOCPMR for over 7 years and thrilled to be serving as VP for the Resident Council. I have a clinical interest in diagnostic ultrasound and sports medicine and enjoy teaching as much as I can.

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SECRETARY AND TREASURER

Patricia Goodwin, DO

Residency Program: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital

Internship: Nova Southeastern University/Larkin Community Hospital

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

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.

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Marjorie Mamsaang, DO –  Membership Vice Chair

Residency Program:  Larkin Community Hospital, Miami, FL

Internship:  Traditional Rotating Internship- Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA

Medical School:  West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Physiatry Interests:  I’m an avid San Francisco Giants fan, so naturally, I love musculoskeletal medicine.  I also enjoy doing O.M.T. Both interests have led me to pursue Physiatry.

 

I grew up in the Bay Area and am an avid San Francisco Giants fan.  So naturally, I love musculoskeletal medicine which is what led me to pursue physiatry.  I also value O.M.T. and am interested in sports medicine.  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.

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Caroline Schepker, DO – Membership Program Committee Member/Fellowship Database Representative

Residency Program: New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia & Cornell

Internship: University of Connecticut – Internal Medicine

Medical School: Touro University California

Physiatry Interests: Musculoskeletal medicine, sports medicine, exercise physiology, biomechanics, osteopathic manipulative medicine, lifestyle medicine

 

I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the field of PM&R, which values and practices an emphasis on sustainable return-to-function, quality of life, and fitness. My osteopathic upbringing has instilled within me a deep sense of humility and respect for the body’s plasticity and ability to heal itself given the proper tools and support; this philosophy guides me in my daily clinical practice and understanding of health and disease. 

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Nick Elwert, DO, MS – Member Services Chair

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.

 

I have had the amazing opportunity to be a part of AOCPMR since my first year of medical school. Each year, I have the amazing opportunity to not only meet new residents, but meet new life-long colleagues. I chose to pursue a career in PM&R due to its focus on functionality, team based approach to medicine 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 and I am honored to be a part of the field!

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Jesse Walker, DO – Mentorship Program Chair

Residency Program: University of Utah
Internship: University of Utah – IM Prelim
Medical School: A.T. Still University – Mesa, AZ
Physiatry Interests: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Pain Medicine, Trauma Rehab, Integrative Medicine, OMM

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Michael Smith, DO – Membership Communication Liaison

Residency Program:  University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Internship:  University of Miami/Holy Cross Hospital

Medical School:  Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Physiatry Interests: Traumatic Brain Injury & Stroke Rehabilitation, Interventional Pain, Amputee Rehabilitation & Prosthetics

 

I heard a lecturer once describe the physiatrist as a “function specialist.” We are trained to look at the whole person and see how a patient’s injury or disability affects all aspects of their life. Training which emphasizes the relationship between the nervous and muscular skeletal systems also appealed to me. After working in the field, I have come to appreciate the broad range of clinical settings we may work in. This diversity allows us future physiatrists to pave our way to a clinical practice which suits our own personal interests. I also enjoy the interprofessional environment afforded to our specialty – our team is composed of many practitioners working closely together to help the patient achieve their highest potential.

Marla PetrielloMedia Liaison Committee Member

Residency Program:  Medstar Georgetown University Hospital – Washington, DC

Internship:  Medstar Georgetown University Hospital – Washington, DC

Medical School:  Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Physiatry Interests:  General physiatry, Sports medicine, MSK ultrasound, Osteopathic manipulation, Adaptive Sports

 

AOCPMR is such a welcoming and passionate community, with everyone contributing their own unique ideas and interests. I enjoy being a part of such a special organization, and am very thankful to have found such an extraordinary field of medicine in PM&R.

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Kayle Noble, DO – MYM Liaison

Residency Program:  Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education

Internship:  St. Joseph Mercy – Ann Arbor Transitional Year Program

Medical School:  Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Physiatry Interests: Sports Medicine, MSK Ultrasound, Regenerative Medicine, Women’s Health

 

My personal experiences as a collegiate runner sparked my interest in PM&R.  In medical school, I found that PM&R aligned with my enthusiasm for anatomy and the neuromusculoskeletal system. The goal of always putting the patient first and focusing on improving patient function from a whole-person approach drives me to become a physiatrist.  I became involved with AOCPMR as a 3rd year medical student when I attended the Mid-Year Meeting. I look forward to continuing my involvement in AOCPMR as a resident.

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TECHNICAL LIAISON

Alexander Morales, DO – Project Development and Technical Support

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 medici

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

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Kristin Weider, DO Residency Spotlight Co-chair

Residency Program:  Carolinas Medical Center – Charlotte, NC

Internship:  Henry Ford Hospital Transitional Year – Detroit, MI

Medical School:  Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Physiatry Interests: Spinal Cord Injury, Cancer Rehabilitation, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Adaptive Sports, Lifestyle Medicine

 

Before starting medical school, I worked with the rehabilitation population as a yoga teacher leading restorative yoga classes. When I realized there was a whole specialty dedicated to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, it was love at first sight! I hope to bring my background from yoga and osteopathy into my work as a PM&R physician, helping patients make the most out of their rehabilitation process and out of their lives. My favorite part of rehabilitation is being there to support our patients after injury, illness, and life changes – I think we are in a great position to be catalysts for positive change in our patients’ lives.

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Joshua LiderResidency Spotlight Co-chair

Residency: University of Utah

Internship: University of Utah

Medical School: AT Still University – SOMA, Graduated 2018

Physiatry Interests: MSK, adaptive sport and interventional spine.

 

Being heavily involved with athletics has led to my fascination with human performance. I am excited to carry this forward into my career in Physiatry. I enjoy the challenge of creating an optimal environment conducive for enhancing function and human performance. I became involved with AOCPMR as a medical student, and I am proud to continue my involvement as a resident. I look forward to being a part of the progression of Osteopathic presence in the growing field of PM&R. Outside of medicine; I enjoy spending time with my family and everything outdoors.

 

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Jenna Meriggi, DO – Media Liaison (Educational Resources Development)

Residency Program: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Internship: Internal Medicine at Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology – College of Osteopathic Medicine

Physiatry interests: Pain Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

 

I find PM&R to be the most rewarding specialty in medicine. Patients come to you during their most vulnerable moments with varying degrees of disabilities and it is gratifying to help them regain their function and quality of life. I feel privileged to be a member of AOCPMR in order to work with my fellow colleagues around the country to promote this extraordinary field of medicine.

 

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REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Trevor Tyner, DO

Region: Southeast

Residency Program Carolina’s Rehabilitation, Charlotte NC

Internship:  Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Health

Medical School:  Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton

Physiatry Interests:  MSK, Sports Medicine, EMG, Regenerative, OMT, Multidisciplinary Pain management

 

In my previous life I was a high school science teacher. I found my niche in physics as it allowed me to create an interactive classroom with a hands-on approach. I like to create the same dynamic with patients: Treat the whole person, use of education as a tool, and adjunctive therapies (such as mindfulness, CBT, and yoga) to maximize effectiveness of medical therapies.

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REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Ellia Ciammaichella, DO

Region: Midwest

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 enjoy water sports and spending time with my growing family.

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REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

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.

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REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Cory Ullger

Residency Program:  New York University

Internship:  Nassau University Medical Center

Medical School:  New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Physiatry Interests:  Sports Medicine, MSK Ultrasound, Interventional Spine, Regenerative Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

 

I chose to pursue a career in PM&R because I love the focus on restoring function and working with patients to improve their quality of life. Helping someone feel whole and hopeful for the future is inspiring and rewarding in itself. It is such a satisfying experiencing helping patients get better and getting back to functioning at their optimal level.

 

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REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

David Janerich

Region: South-central

Residency Program:  Thomas Jefferson University Hospital PMR Residency

Internship:  Mercy Catholic Medical Center Transitional Year Internship

Medical School:  Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Physiatry Interests: Interventional Pain, musculoskeletal and spine medicine, regenerative medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine

 

My draw to PMR is its broad field and overall focus toward improving functionality, whether that is overseeing a treatment course of acute comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation or treating back pain using interventional procedures to help patients work toward more independence.

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REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Anita Garg

Region: Mid-Atlantic

Residency Program:  Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation-Newark, NJ

Internship:  Plainview Hospital- Northwell Health

Medical School:  Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine- New York

Physiatry Interests: Musculoskeletal medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, spasticity, interventional spine, integrative medicine

 

I chose the field of PM&R because of its emphasis in musculoskeletal medicine. I have also truly come to appreciate how this field has a unique multidisciplinary and goal-orientated approach in restoring function so that each patient can live a richer life.

 

As a medical student, I had the pleasure of serving on the AOCPMR council and I am excited to once again work with this motivational and supportive organization to expose others to the vast networking opportunities and resources that AOCPMR has to offer!

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REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Lynn Chang, 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.

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Marissa Dombovy-Johnson, DO – Project ASK Chair

Residency Program: Mayo Clinic

Internship: Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY

Medical School: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

Physiatry Interests: Interventional Pain Medicine, Palliative Care, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Inpatient Rehabilitation

 

My interest in the field of physiatry started when I worked on an inpatient rehabilitation unit as a nurse’s assistant in college. However, the more I learned about possible career trajectories in the field, the more I fell in love with the specialty as one can really find their own niche that incorporates many different ways to maximize ones function. The majority of our patients have pain whether it is coming from musculoskeletal causes or is more central in origin. I hope to be able to provide my patients with other options that allow them to have a better quality of life. I am happy to be a part of a specialty that focuses on what our patients CAN do to maximize their independence!

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IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Lauren Chambers, DO

Fellowship:  OSS Health, York, PA

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/nerve 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.

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Zack Jensen

Residency Program:  University of Kentucky
Internship:  University of Kentucky
Medical School:  Liberty College of Osteopathic Medicine
Physiatry Interests: TBI, MSK, Sports, Regenerative Medicine

 

I’m excited to study PM&R and learn new tools to improve the function of the human body. I’m especially interested in building on the physical manipulation skills and enhancing the healing of TBI and musculoskeletal injuries.

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Jack Annunziato, DO

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: Musculoskeletal Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Pain Medicine, 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.