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PGY-1

Sara Bensman

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton Campus

Undergraduate College: Canisius College

Hometown: West Seneca, NY

Specialty: Family Medicine

Personal Info: I was born and raised in West Seneca, about 15 minutes from the city of Buffalo, but I went to medical school in Bradenton, Florida. I'm thrilled to settle back into the area and put down some roots! I have a wonderful husband, Greg, and a chocolate lab named Harry. I also have an older sister, and 38 first cousins, most of whom live nearby. In my spare time, I like to cook, travel, ski, read novels, and spend time with my amazing family!

Why this Program? Even though I loved Florida, I realized that there's no place like home! After deciding that I wanted to come back to Western New York, I began looking into all of the family medicine programs around, and quickly came to the conclusion that Sisters would be a great fit! The attendings, residents, and support staff here are extremely approachable and knowledgable. There are plenty of learning opportunities, and the educational environment is welcoming and supportive.

Rachelle Booth

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Undergraduate College: Canisius College

Hometown: Williamsville, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: I have a wonderful husband, Adam, whom I spend a lot of time with out birding in local Buffalo parks when we aren't at a Sabres game. I also enjoy vacationing to sandy beaches, training in various martial arts such as Krav Maga, and spending time with my family. 

Why this Program? I chose this program because after being fortunate enough to do some of my elective rotations here 4th year of medical school, it was obvious how kind and knowledable everyone was in the program. The atmosphere was like a big happy family, the perfect fit for me, and it was also back in my home town where my husband and family all live.

Sydney Domanowski

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo

Hometown: Orchard Park, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: My wonderful husband, Aaron, and I have 4 children, Trenton, Eliza, Amelia and Macey. I enjoy all different types of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, and biking. I also coach little loop cheer leading and love attending my children's sporting events including football, cheer leading, soccer, lacrosse, and basketball. I love the Buffalo Bills and going to The Ralph for football games.

Why this Program? I completed most of my rotations during medical school in Buffalo and I thoroughly enjoyed each rotation at Sisters.  This program is committed to teaching the residents and students and fosters a love of learning. All of the attendings are friendly and wonderful to work with.  Also, the Thursday lecture series provide a great opportunity to learn from one another and from different specialists. Finally, the continuity clinics are very nice and the patient population is diverse. I am excited to begin my career as a Family Medicine Physician with this residency program.

Tracy Fabian

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: Clemson University 

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Specialty: Family Medicine

Personal Info: I grew up in Western NY but moved away for college and medical school and now I am happy to be back in Buffalo for residency.  If I'm not working I'm usually running.  I try to run at least one marathon a year, but have future goals to complete  an ultra-marathon and triathlon.  I have been told I have a very contagious laugh and definitely try to use it whenever possible to make someone's day. I am a huge Olympics and sports fan. I enjoy the weather and beach during the summer months but anxiously await for every fall and football season. I cheer for Clemson on Saturdays and the Bills on Sundays, always hoping that this year will be OUR year! 

Why this Program? I knew during my fourth year of medical school I wanted to come back to Buffalo. It didn't take me long to realize the Family Medicine program at Sisters Hospital was exactly what I was looking for. It is a great environment to work in, the residents are extremely welcoming and helpful and all the hospital staff is friendly. The Family Medicine attendings love to teach and have great patience with the residents. The program provides opportunities to rotate in all different areas of medicine, so you can get exposure before practicing on your own. It is also great to see some many physicians that have trained here, decide to stay and continue to practice  in the area where there is such a high need for primary care. Although I don't have many family members that live in the Buffalo any more, I already feel I have a great supportive family through this program.

Brandon Fyock

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo

Hometown: North Collins, NY

Specialty: Family Medicine

Personal Info: From the southtowns, not only have I grown up in Buffalo but now I get to stay in Buffalo through my residency.  I have an amazing fiancé, Rachel,  and also a 1 year old chocolate lab, Finley.  I have a large family with 3 brothers and a youngest sister which keeps you constantly busy.  I enjoy kayaking, hanging out with family and enjoying all the new experiences that Buffalo has to offer.

Why this Program? As a medical student, I was fortunate enough to do most of my rotations at Sisters Hospital and had a lot of exposure to this program.  The faculty and staff you work with are helpful and easy to work with.  I believe that the program will strongly prepare me to care for my patients after completion of residency. 

Vincent Newman

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: University of South Florida

Hometown: Hollywood, FL

Specialty: Family Medicine

Personal Info: I'm new to the Buffalo region from Florida. I'm enjoying everything Buffalo has to offer and I'm looking forward to trying skiing in the winter. I enjoy running, bicycling, and watching movies.

Why this Program? I enjoyed my time rotating at Sisters as a student during my third year. The camaraderie between the residents, faculty, and students encouraged me to apply and made it feel like the best fit. The faculty is very hands on with learning along with the support staff and together make for a great educational experience as a resident.

PGY-2

Matthew Barlette, D.O.Matthew Barletta, D.O.

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo

Hometown: Jericho, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: Originally from Long Island, I came to Buffalo for undergrad. I met my amazing wife, Tracie, at UB. We both left for graduate school and when it came time to look for training programs, Buffalo felt like home. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, exploring the outdoors, reading and spending time with family. I look forward to spending more time in Buffalo and laying down some roots.

Why this Program? The first thing that attracted me to this program was location. While rotating through the family medicine program I was impressed at the caliber of residents and that they were at a level I aspired to be. As I spent more time with the program you really get a sense that the program is one big family. All the attendings are intelligent and incredibly nice. The program is unique in the sense that your at a community hospital but are still attached to the Catholic Health System and the University at Buffalo that allows you opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise have. The resident’s clinic is a private practice that allows you your own patients and exposure to a diverse patient population.

Kathleen Dubnicki, D.O.Kathleen Dubnicki, D.O.

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: Cornell University

Hometown: Hamburg, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: I enjoy spending time with my wonderful friends, family, and amazing husband.  I absolutely love the Buffalo area and everything it has to offer: great skiing, beautiful sunsets over Lake Erie, and tons of delicious food!  In my free time I enjoy taking long walks, curling up with a good book and hot cup of tea, and dreaming about all of the beautiful places in the world I hope to some day visit!

Why this Program? It was always my hope to come home to Buffalo to do my residency in order to be closer to friends and family.  When I first rotated at Sisters as a fourth year medical student, I was immediately impressed by the level of collaboration not only between different departments, but also between all the different levels of care providers (attendings, residents, students, and nursing).  I appreciated the caring support that accompanied the program’s high expectations and strong curriculum, and felt that I would be surrounded by many great role models and mentors.  I am very grateful to be part of this residency program!

Erica Engel, D.O.Erica Engel, D.O.

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: Michigan State University

Hometown: Muskegon, MI

Specialty: Family Medicine

Personal Info: I was born in Lansing, MI, and two years later moved to my father’s hometown of Muskegon, where I grew up.  My family consists of many die-hard Michigan State fans, and I was introduced to Michigan State and football games early on.  I naturally wanted to become a Spartan myself when it came time for me to apply to college.  Initially, I was interested in becoming a veterinarian, a dream I had had since a child due to my love of animals.  Though I enjoyed my Zoology courses, and eventually graduated with a B.S. in Zoology, I quickly determined I was very much interested in human medicine.  After graduating in 2009, I took a year off to work and volunteer.  Going back to school, I chose to get my Masters prior to applying for medical school.  I was accepted into Midwestern University, Glendale campus’ Biomedical Sciences program, a 1-year Master of Arts program.  The following year, I matriculated into Midwestern’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, to obtain my D.O. degree.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, spending time with my Chihuahua, Bandit, and experiencing all that Buffalo has to offer as much as I can – especially the food scene!

Why this Program? Moving to Buffalo for residency baffles many people considering my history of being from Michigan, living in Phoenix for medical school, and currently having zero family in the area.  But for me, I’ve always been a traveler, and love taking advantage of opportunities to move to new cities whenever possible.  I knew after spending five years in Arizona, I wanted to move back closer to family in the Eastern time zone, but I wanted to live somewhere I’ve never been before.  The residency program at Sisters clicked with me and everything I was looking for in a program.  The attendings are all very nice, approachable, and amazing teachers.  Furthermore, the residents have built a family of their own within the program, which I feel is extremely important.  Additionally, I loved the city of Buffalo from the first day I arrived for my interview.  Living in Buffalo allows me to be closer to family, but not too close, and experience the lifestyle of a large city, that isn’t quite as big and spread out as Phoenix.  

James Paupalos, D.O.James Poupalos, D.O.

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo

Hometown: Grand Island, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: I have lived in the Buffalo area my whole life.  I met my wife in high school and she is also a physician, sadly she chose internal medicine. I enjoy reading, movies, cooking and gaming.  We have four cats at home that are constantly on the lookout for treats and food.

Why this Program? I wanted to stay in the Buffalo area because it is my home and where my family is located.  I rotated at Sisters as a medical student and really liked the hospital and the family med program.  It seemed like a great place to do my residency.

PGY-3

Jacob Cukierski, D.O.Jacob Cukierski, D.O.

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: Canisius College

Hometown: Elma, NY

Specialty: Traditional Rotating Intern

Personal Info: As a Buffalo native, I enjoy all of what this region has to offer, although my favorite season is winter. Whether it be ice skating at one of the many local rinks, or taking advantage of the multiple ski resorts nearby, there’s always plenty to do if you don’t mind the cold! When there’s no snow on the ground, I enjoy volunteering as a Track and Field Coach, focusing specifically on pole vault.

Why this Program? Through LECOM, I was fortunate enough to be able to have many rotations through Sisters Hospital, where I was able to interact with the attendings and residents on a very intimate level. During every experience, I felt like part of a family, and everyone was always looking out for one another. This creates an excellent learning environment, with many opportunities to further your skills as a clinician.  

Jill Eysaman-Walker, D.O.Jill Eysaman-Walker, D.O.

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: State University of New York at Buffalo

Specialty: Traditional Rotating Intern

Personal Info: I grew up just south of Buffalo and am so please to be staying in the area. I have a wonderful husband who is a Specialist in the US Army National Guard.  We have an 8 year old boxer who we love to spoil. I love everything that Buffalo has to offer. I am an avid skier in the winter, and love boating in the summer. I enjoy reading, knitting, and spending time with my wonderful family.

Why this Program? Every time that I rotated at Sisters Hospital as a student, I commented on how friendly and helpful the staff was. It was wonderful knowing that this hospital, near my hometown, could offer everything that I needed in a training program, including kind and friendly co-workers. The quality of the education here is also excellent. Every minute of every day is a learning opportunity. The attendings are always there to push and support the residents to become the best physicians they can be.

Adnaan Sheriff, D.O.Adnaan Sheriff, D.O.

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: Stony Brook University

Hometown: East Amherst, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: I'm originally from Tanzania, Africa but have grown up in Buffalo and am truly a Buffalonian at heart. I love the Sabres and Bills and am forever counting down the days until the season starts! In my free time, I enjoy running, biking, hiking and playing hockey. I also love traveling and am slowly crossing off countries and landmarks off my bucket list. Lastly, I come from a wonderful family, but unfortunately am the middle of three brothers.

Why this Program? I went away for my undergraduate and medical school training, and by the end of it all, I decided there was no place like home. So I clicked my heels three times and made up my mind that I wanted to be back in the Buffalo area. While rotating with the program, it truly felt like a welcoming and family-oriented atmosphere. The faculty were all very supportive and willing to teach. It also helped knowing that everybody was invested in the community and wanted to stick around Western New York in the future. I'm very blessed to be a part of this program.

Sara White, D.O.Sara White, D.O.

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: I have a wonderful husband, and we recently welcomed a son into our family. I come from large family and I have three older brothers, all of whom live in the area. I enjoy spending time with family, as well as spending time at the beach. I also enjoy reading novels and watching movies in my spare time. 

Why this Program? I chose this program, not only for its wonderful teaching program, but also because it provides a great and needed service to the community. I am from Buffalo and love this area. I wanted to do my training here and plan on staying in the area when I have completed my training. 

Megan Wierchowski, D.O.Megan Wierchowski, D.O.

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: Canisius College

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: I was born and raised in South Buffalo, which is a fun Irish community (despite my last name, I am, in fact, Irish). I love running, the Buffalo Bills and Disney! Besides working, you can find me browsing the Disney blogs and reading about the Bills. I also enjoy watching most other sports, especially with friends. I have many family members (including my two sisters) who are dentists or in the dental profession, but I am the first physician in my family. I have never run more than a half marathon, but I am slowly working up to a full marathon and I hope to complete one before finishing residency! I also spend a lot of my free time volunteering with the American Cancer Society.  

Why this Program? I spent most of my 3rd and 4th years of medical school doing rotations at Sisters Hospital. I really enjoyed getting to know the attendings and residents in the Family Medicine program, and knew it was the right fit for me. Everyone in the program is very kind and very willing to teach. It was also a bonus for me that the hospital is so close to my home, so I am able to still be around my friends and family.